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Ancient Indus Urbanism, Economy, and Society

ISBN-10: 0521576520
ISBN-13: 9780521576529
Edition: 2009
Authors: Rita P. Wright
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Book details

Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/26/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 418
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

In this book, Rita P. Wright draws a rich account of the ancient Indus civilisation.

List of Figures, Tables, and Boxes
Acknowledgments
A Long-Forgotten Civilization
A Civilization Rediscovered
Reconstructing a Long-Forgotten Civilization
Perspectives on Civilizations
Theoretical Perspective
The Indus Civilization: Chronologies of Indus Antecedents, Coalescence, Decline, and Transformations
Rethinking Perspectives on the Indus Civilization
Geographical and Environmental Settings
Factors to Consider in Assessing Differences between Past and Present
Geography and Climate Today
Geographical Setting
Climate
Climate Change Before, During, and After Peak Periods of Settlement
The Indus in the Past-Documenting Landscape and River System Dynamics
The Upper and Lower Indus
The Ghaggar-Hakra
The Ganges-Yamuna
New Solutions and Perspectives on Climate Change
Conclusions
From Foraging to Farming and Pastoralism
From Hunting and Gathering to Farming
Focus on Mehrgarh-The Choice of a Site and the Establishment of a Chronology
A First Village (7000-4000 B.C)
Subsistence
Architecture
Burial Patterns
Material Culture and Technology
External Contacts
Summary-Period I/II
Villages at the Crossroads (4000-3200 B.C.)
Subsistence
Architecture
Burial Patterns
Material Culture and Technology
External Contacts
Summary-Period III
A Mosaic of Villages and Towns (3200-2500 B.C.)
Subsistence
Architecture
Burial Patterns
Material Culture and Technology
External Contacts
Summary-Period IV/VII
Settling Down: The Domestication of Plants and Animals, the Development of a Village Farming Community into a Sizable Town, and Expanded Interaction
An Era of Expansion and Transformation
An Age of Emerging Polities
Upper Indus - Harappa Excavations and the Pre-urban Period
Upper Indus - Ravi Phase
Upper Indus - Early Harappan/Kot Diji Phase
Upper Indus Regional Surveys Near Harappa
The Ghaggar-Hakra - Cholistan Survey
The Ghaggar - Hakra Plains-Hakra Phase
Ghaggar-Hakra Plains-Early Harappan/Kot Diji Phase
Ghaggar-Hakra Settlements in Northwest India
Expansion of Settlements in the Upper Indus and Ghaggar-Hakra Plains
The Lower Indus Valley
Lower Indus Valley - Hakra and Kot Diji Phases
Lower Indus Valley - Amri Phase
Expansion of Settlement in the Lower Indus
Beyond the Indus and Ghaggar-Hakra Plains - Baluchistan
Pre-urban Ecological and Settlement Diversity
Urbanism and States: Cities, Regions, and Edge Zones
Indus Cities and States - The First Urban Climax
Indus Cities
City Plans and Physical Layouts
Nonresidential Structures
PublicWorks
Walls and Separated Sectors (Neighborhoods)
City Plans and Physical Layouts Summarized - Nonresidential Structures, Public Works, Walls, and Neighborhoods
City and Countryside
The Upper Indus and Beas Regional Surveys near Harappa
The Ghaggar-Hakra Plain - Cholistan Regional Surveys
Ghaggar-Hakra Plain - Northwest India
The Lower Indus Regional Surveys
Interpreting the Evidence for Indus Cities, City - States, and Regional Surveys
Urbanism at Its Margins, Gateway Towns and Edge Zones
Uniformity and Diversity - Cities, Regions and Edge Zones
Agropastoral and Craft-Producing Economies I - Intensification and Specialization
Craft Production
Craft Production and Intensification
Craft Production and Specialization - Resource Availability and Selection, Technical Skills, and Specialized Production
Ceramic Production
Stoneware Bangle Production
Seal Production
Intensification and Specialization of Craft Production
Agropastoral Production
Agriculture and Intensification
Specialization of Cropping Patterns and Regional Diversity
Pastoralism and Intensification
Pastoralism-Specialization and Regional Diversity
Continued Use of Wild Plants and Animals - Foraging and Fishing
Specialization and Intensification of the Agropastoral and Craft-Producing Economy
Agropastoral and Craft-Producing Economies II - Diversification, Organization of Production, and Distribution
Diversification and the Organization of Production, Distribution, and Exchange
Diversified Crafts and the Organization of Graft Production
Seal Production
Ceramic Production
Stoneware Bangle Production
The Diversification and Organization of Production - Seals, Ceramics, and Stoneware Bangles
Diversification of Raw Materials and Finished Products - The Organization of Interregional Exchange
Chert
Lapis Lazuli
Carnelian, Chalcedony, Agate, and Jasper
Limestone
Precious Metals - Copper, Gold, Lead, Silver, and Tin
Shell
Steatite
Diversification of Craft Production, Organization, and Distribution
Diversification of Land, Labor, and the Organization of Agropastoral Production
Diversification of Farming - Multicropping, Plow Agriculture, Crop Processing, Fiber Crops, and Aboriculture
Diversification of Pastoralism - Specialized Breeds, Food and Fiber, Animal Provisioning, Mobility, and the Organization of Production
The Organization of Interregional Exchange of Plant and Animal Products
Agropastoral and Craft-Producing Economies - Intensification, Specialization, Diversification, and the Organization of Production and Distribution
The Lure of Distant Lands
The Lure of Distant Lands - Dilmun, Magan, and Meluhha
Mapping the Third Millennium B.C.
Indus and Mesopotamian Contact by Sea and Over Land - Texts and Archaeology
Indus Contact beyond Mesopotamia - By Sea and Over Land
Indus Contacts along Maritime Routes
Indus Contacts along Overland Routes
The Indus and an Interconnected Third - Millennium World
Landscapes of Order and Difference - The Cultural Construction of Space, Place, and Social Difference
Landscapes as Community Identity - Mohenjo-daro, Dholavira, and Harappa
Landscapes as Social Order
Space and Public Works
Interior Spaces and Social Differences
Landscapes and Memory
The R37 Cemetery and Cemetery H at Harappa
The Cemetery at Kalibangan
Human Remains at Mohenjo-daro
Death and Memory in the Indus
Community Identity, Social Order, and Memory
Models for Indus Religious Ideologies
Direct Historical Analogies and the Study of Indus Religion
Identifying Ceremonial Places
Terracotta Masks, Figurines, and Narrative Imagery
New Approaches to Uncovering Indus Ideologies
Comparative Study of Early Civilizations
Alternative Visions - Masks and Figurines
Terracotta Masks
Terracotta Figurines
AlternaUve Visions-Seal and Tablet Narrative Imagery
Themes and Motifs in Indus Narrative Imagery
Decoding Indus Narrative
Cross-Cultural Comparisons
Mesopotamian Seal Imagery
Iranian Seal Imagery
Rethinking Indus Religion and World Views. Shared Vocabularies, Modes of Presentation and Systems of Thought
An Indus Pantheon, Elements of Order, and Conceptions of Power and Hierarchy
The Decline and Transformation and the Comparative Study of Early States
The Decline and Transformation of the Indus
Causes of a General Nature
Environmental Changes - Climate, Precipitation, and River Courses
Massacres and Aryan Invasions
Disruptions and Changes in Intercultural Trade
Shifting Regional Histories, Transformations, and Decline - Causes of a Local Nature
Upper Indus (Cemetery H/Late Harappan)
Lower Indus - Late Harappan and Jhukar Styles
Post-urban/Late Harappan: The Ghaggar-Hakra (Cholistan and Northwest India)
Post-urban/Late Harappan - Kutch, Gujarat, and Sorath Harappan
Borderland Regions - Afghanistan and Baluchistan (West and Southern Margins)
Collapse, Transition, or Transformation - Culture Traits and Political Structure
Cycles of Change or Breakdown of Society
The Indus Civilization in Comparative Perspective
The Harappan Economy and Society
Indus Urbanism and City - States
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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