I am an anthropological archaeologist with broad interests in the development and eclipse of urbanization in the Old World. These considerations begin with the establishment of village farming communities and the role of food production in the processes that lead to urban life. My specific research and writing have focused on the first phase of urbanization in South Asia as exemplified by the ancient cities of Mohenjo-daro and Harappa. Since I have had an active program of field research in the state of Gujarat, in India, where I have undertaken excavation at three sites: Rojdi six seasons of excavation ; Oriyo Timbo two seasons of excavation and Babar Kot one season of excavation. The excavations in Gujarat have focused on three interrelated problems: chronology, reconstruction of subsistence activities and culture processes in a frontier region of the Indus Civilization. These are archaeological problems which are as interesting and important to me today as they were fifteen years ago, when I first began to deal with them in the context of a field project.
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The dean of North American Indus scholars, Gregory Possehl, attempts here to marshal the state of knowledge about this fascinating culture in a readable synthesis. He traces the rise and fall of this civilization, examines th The Indus Civilization of India and Pakistan was contemporary with, and equally complex as the better-known cultures of Mesopotamia, Egypt and China. He traces the rise and fall of this civilization, examines the economic, architectural, artistic, religious, and intellectual components of this culture, describes its most famous sites, and shows the relationships between the Indus Civilization and the other cultures of its time.
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More filters. Sort order. Jun 04, Vaishali rated it really liked it Shelves: ancient-cultures. An excellent review of archeologic finds, some by the late researcher himself.
Four stars for stick drawings outnumbering photos, and some academic verbosity. Sheds light on a few myths, like the long-debated "Aryan Invasion Theory". Debunked Myths: 1. The civilization was not ruled by king-priests. In fact, there is no evidence of political hierarchy at all. Social bonds seemed to have rested on highly-specialized, stable inter-community trade. Mohenjo Daro was not the capital An excellent review of archeologic finds, some by the late researcher himself.
Mohenjo Daro was not the capital of a vast empire, but an elite, pre-planned city built on virgin soil in under 80 years. So far, about 5 major urban centers have been found. The huge round structure atop Mohenjo Daro was not a citadel, but an architecturally-advanced bathhouse! Buildings adjacent to it appear to be civic, but that's unverified.
Still, human remains indicate a relatively robust populace that secured its own independent food production for millennia. Numerous attempts at decipherment aside, the Indus script is a mystery. No "Rosetta Stone" has been found. Though Mohenjo Daro was built with millions of mathematically standardized baked bricks, the Indus civilization overall was not. Vedic Sanskrit was most likely not the language of the early Indus, though it is a front-runner.
Other contenders include Proto-Dravidian and Munda language groupings. What is not contested is the high ethnic diversity of immigrant waves into the area. I was never taught about the Indus civilisation. Not at school, nor at university during two degree programs. In other words, my ability to critiq I was never taught about the Indus civilisation.
In other words, my ability to critique this book is rather limited, since this book itself has recently supplied me with an awful lot of what I know about the Indus civilisation. However, this was still an important read for me, as it expanded my virtually non-existent comprehension on the subject.
What stuck out for me was how little even specialists on the Indus civilisation know. The script is still undeciphered, so we know nothing about what the ancient Indus peoples wrote about themselves and their world. Possehl runs through the various propositions put forward in competing theories, offering his own opinion as well, in a useful but understandably frustrating exercise.
That said, the book was a great introductory overview for me, and I hope that future work can do more to unravel the lives of the ancient Indus people. Mar 15, Tariq Mahmood rated it liked it Shelves: history. The book is a collection of essays, gives a few answers but still leaves a lot unanswered. Who were ruled this vast civilization which seemed to be run by priests and traders without clear boundaries or fighting armies? But it's clear that the whole 'state' was held together by volunteer citizens who all seemed to subscribe to one ideology.
An ideology which sustained them for thousands of years. And when they lost their trust in this mysterious ideology the whole state came crashing down. Mar 22, Caomhghain rated it really liked it. Highly technical and rather dry, apparently up to date account of our state of knowledge on the Indus Civilization.
Be assured that whatever you have learnt up to now from general and popular histories is wrong. Our knowledge seems to be in flux but the author is very fair and clear and showing just where we are. Rakesh Kumar rated it it was amazing Aug 10, Patty rated it it was amazing Aug 22, Sheraz Athar rated it it was amazing Mar 28, Praveer Tripathi rated it it was amazing Dec 01, Sagnik Saha rated it it was amazing Sep 07, Brandon Cord Bradshaw rated it it was amazing Jun 16, Evan Larson rated it really liked it Dec 15, J rated it liked it Feb 02, Pratik Dash rated it liked it Jan 25, Casper Luckerhof rated it really liked it Nov 24, Nikhil Gulati rated it really liked it Dec 08, Srijit Saha rated it really liked it May 01, Himadri Mukherjee rated it liked it Mar 30, Kennet rated it liked it Jul 12, V rated it liked it Jul 19, Gabby DePaul rated it it was amazing May 30, Aalap Chikhalikar rated it really liked it Sep 24, Duane rated it it was amazing Apr 07, R Nair rated it it was amazing Sep 12, Subhodeep Mukhopadhyay rated it really liked it May 10, Ravi Shankar rated it it was amazing Sep 20, Palak rated it it was ok Oct 24, Jdudek rated it liked it Oct 22, Raghavendiran rated it did not like it Jun 27, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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The Indus Civilization: A Contemporary Perspective
Gregory L. The Indus Civilization of India and Pakistan was contemporary with, and equally complex as the better-known cultures of Mesopotamia, Egypt and China. The dean of North American Indus scholars, Gregory Possehl, attempts here to marshal the state of knowledge about this fascinating culture in a readable synthesis. He traces the rise and fall of this civilization, examines the economic, architectural, artistic, religious, and intellectual components of this culture, describes its most famous sites, and shows the relationships between the Indus Civilization and the other cultures of its time.
Gregory L. Possehl
Jump to navigation. Important essays on the pre-Indus period and after, helping set the wider and still really little known context for this civilization's rise. The second, revised edition of this magisterial work by a leading Indus scholar and synthesizer of the many theories about ancient Indus times. Numerous leading scholars are represented in the many essays.