Connections and complexity : new approaches to the archaeology of South Asia


    • Abraham, Shinu


Connections and complexity : new approaches to the archaeology of South Asia

edited by Shinu Abraham ... [et al.]

Left Coast Press, Inc., c2013

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Includes bibliographical references and index



This compilation of original research articles highlight the important cross-regional, cross-chronological, and comparative approaches to political and economic landscapes in ancient South Asia and its neighbors. Focusing on the Indus Valley period and Iron Age India, this volume incorporates new research in South Asia within the broader universe of archaeological scholarship. Contributions focus on four major themes: reinterpreting material culture; identifying domains and regional boundaries; articulating complexity; and modeling interregional interaction. These studies develop theoretical models that may be applicable researchers studying cultural complexity elsewhere in the world.


Preface 1. Connections and complexity: New approaches to the archaeology of South Asia Shinu Abraham, Praveena Gullapalli, Teresa Raczek, Uzma Rizvi 2. To what extent were the Prehistoric Sri Lankans isolated from the Indian mainland? Biotic and archaeological considerations Kenneth A. R. Kennedy 3. Commodities and things -- The Kulli in Context Rita P. Wright 4. New evidence for interaction between the Iranian Plateau and the Indus Valley: seals and sealings from Konar Sandal South Holly Pittman 5. The Sindh archaeological project: Explorations in the Lower Indus Basin and Western Sindh Louis Flam 6. Iconography of the Indus unicorn: Origins and legacy Jonathan Mark Kenoyer 8. The substance and symbolism of long-distance exchange: Textiles as desired trade goods in the Bronze Age Middle Asian Interaction Sphere Monica L. Smith 9. Weighty Matters: Evidence for unity and regional diversity from the Indus Civilization weights Heather M.-L Miller 10. Starch grain analysis and experiments provide insights into Harappan cooking practices Arunima Kashyap and Steve Weber 11. Red polished ware in Gujarat: Surface collections from inland sites Nancy Pinto-Orton 12. Spiraling interconnectedness: A fresh look at double-spiral-headed pins in the Indian Subcontinent Heidi J. Miller 13. In search of craft and society: The glass beads of Early Historic Tamil South India Shinu Abraham 14. Lamination as production technique -- patterns and possibilities Praveena Gullapalli 15. Bronze Age pastoralism and differentiated landscapes along the Inner Asian Mountain Corridor Michael Frachetti 16. The ghost of the state in deep antiquity: A closer look at the Harappan Civilization from the viewpoint of Sanskrit literature Piotr A. Eltsov 17. Crafting communities and producing places: Copper, settlement patterns, and social identity in the Ganeshwar Jodhpura Cultural Complex, Rajasthan, India Uzma Z. Rizvi 18. Technology and everyday crafts: Identifying traces of shared histories in the archaeological record Teresa Raczek 19. Regional diversity in the Harappan World: The evidence of the seals Marta Ameri 20. Monumentality and the Third Millennium "Towers" of the Oman Peninsula Charlotte Marie Cable and Christopher P. Thornton 21. Small Scale Interactions across the North Gujarat Plain Suzanne Harris Index

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