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The indus civilization : a contemporary perspective
Possehl, Gregory L.
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Walnut Creek, CA : AltaMira Press, [2002]

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xi, 276 pages : illustrations, maps ; 28 cm
Ancient Indian civilization -- The beginnings of the Indus age -- The Indus civilization -- The technology of the Indus age -- The architecture of the Indus age -- The art of the Indus civilization -- The Indus script -- Indus religion -- Burial customs and biological diversity of the peoples of the Indus civilization -- Gender and the Indus age -- Mohenjo-Daro -- The Middle Asian interaction sphere -- The transformation of the Indus civilization -- The Indus civilization: an overview.
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A brief introduction to the history, archaeology, art, language, and culture of the Indus Valley civilization, written by the leading North American Indus archaeologist.

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GREGORY L. POSSEHL is a professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania and Curator of the Asian Collections at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. He has been engaged in archaeological research in Indian and Pakistan since 1964, from Iron Age megaliths to Mesolithic encampments, including directing excavations at Rojdi in Gujarat and Gilund in southern Rajasthan. Possehl has written and edited a number of important books on the Indus Civilization and related topics.

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The Indus civilization (c. 2600-1800 BCE) is perhaps the least known of the literate, urban Bronze Age civilizations within the Old World. This volume offers the best description and analysis of the nature of that civilization. Illustrated with an abundance of line drawings, charts, and maps, the volume richly illuminates architecture, material culture, and arts and crafts. Possehl (archaeology, Univ. of Pennsylvania), an outstanding specialist on the archaeology of South Asia, provides an extensive bibliography and abundant references for documenting both the archaeological evidence and his interpretations. This civilization's undeciphered script, religion, burial customs, biological diversity, and trade relations with Mesopotamia, the Persian Gulf, and Central Asia are expertly discussed. Offering the best available presentation of the Indus civilization, this volume successfully fulfills the needs of both general readers and specialists. ^BSumming Up: Essential. For all those interested in ancient civilizations. C. C. Lamberg-Karlovsky Harvard University

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. vi
List of Tablesp. x
Prefacep. xi
1. Ancient Indian Civilizationp. 1
2. The Beginnings of the Indus Agep. 23
3. The Indus Civilizationp. 55
4. The Technology of the Indus Agep. 89
5. The Architecture of the Indus Agep. 99
6. The Art of the Indus Civilizationp. 111
7. The Indus Scriptp. 127
8. Indus Religionp. 141
9. Burial Customs and Biological Diversity of the Peoples of the Indus Civilizationp. 157
10. Gender and the Indus Agep. 177
11. Mohenjo-darop. 185
12. The Middle Asian Interaction Spherep. 215
13. The Transformation of the Indus Civilizationp. 237
14. The Indus Civilization: An Overviewp. 247
Referencesp. 253
Indexp. 268
About the Authorp. 276