Connections and Complexity: New Approaches to the Archaeology of South Asia

Shinu Anna Abraham, Praveena Gullapalli, Teresa P Raczek, Uzma Z Rizvi
Left Coast Press, 15 avr. 2013 - 430 pages
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.

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New Approaches to the Archaeology of South Asia Shinu Anna Abraham Praveena Gullapalli Teresa P Raczek and Uzma Z Rizvi
2 To What Extent Were Prehistoric Sri Lankans Isolated from the Indian Mainland? Biotic and Archaeological Considerations Kenneth A R Kennedy
The Kulli in Context Rita P Wright
Seals and Sealings from Konar Sandal South Holly Pittman
Explorations in the Lower Indus Basin and Western Sindh Louis Flam
Origins and Legacy Jonathan Mark Kenoyer
Early Historic Connections across Southern India Kathleen D Morrison and Mark T Lycett
The Glass Beads of Early Historic Tamil South India Shinu Anna Abraham
Patterns and Possibilities Praveena Gullapalli
15 Bronze Age Pastoralism and Differentiated Landscapes along the Inner Asian Mountain Corridor Michael Frachetti
A Closer Look at the Harappan Civilization from the Viewpoint of Sanskrit Literature Piotr A Eltsov
Copper Settlement Patterns and Social Identity in the Ganeshwar Jodhpura Cultural Complex Rajasthan India Uzma Z Rizvi
Identifying Traces of Shared Histories in the Archaeological Record Teresa P Raczek
The Evidence of the Seals Marta Ameri
20 Monumentality and the Thirdmillennium Towers of the Oman Peninsula Charlotte Marie Cable and Christopher P Thornton

Textiles as Desired Trade Goods in the Bronze Age Middle Asian Interaction Sphere Monica L Smith
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
Surface Collections from Inland Sites Nancy PintoOrton
A Fresh Look at Doublespiralheaded Pins in the Indian Subcontinent Heidi J Miller
21 Smallscale Interactions across the North Gujarat Plain Suzanne Harris
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Shinu Anna Abraham is Associate Professor of Anthropology at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. She received her PhD in 2003 from the University of Pennsylvania under the guidance of Gregory L. Possehl. Her specializations include early Indian Ocean exchange, Early Historic Tamil South India, craft production, and ancient glass bead technologies. She is co-editor, with Roberta Tomber and Lucy Blue, of Migration, Trade and Peoples Part I: Issues in Indian Ocean Trade and Commerce (2010).

Praveena Gullapalli is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Rhode Island College in Providence, RI. She received her PhD in 2005 from the University of Pennsylvania, advised by Gregory L. Possehl. She is broadly interested in the relationships between technologies and their social and cultural contexts and more specifically in understanding the organization of metal production in Early Historic South Asia. She also investigates the ways in which archaeological knowledge is displayed in museums and how museum displays can and do inform public perceptions of the past and present.

Teresa P. Raczek is an anthropological archaeologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Kennesaw State University. She obtained her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007 and her MA in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. She has conducted field work in the southwest of the US, France, and India. Her specializations include early complex societies, mobility, technology, and the life of archaeology in the present. She is currently a Co-Director of the Chatrikhera Research Project and previously co-edited with Vasant Shinde The Gilund Project: Excavations in Regional Context (2010) as well as two other volumes.

Uzma Z. Rizvi is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Urban Studies at Pratt Institute where she teaches archaeology, ancient urbanism, complex societies, and heritage politics. Her current research interests include ancient South Asia, political economy, social aspects of metallurgy, and the postcolonial critique. Since receiving her doctorate from the Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania in 2007, Rizvi has been Faculty Fellow and Chair for the Initiative on Art, Community Development and Social Change at the Pratt Center (2007-2008) and a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Stanford University (2008-2009). She has edited Archaeology and the Postcolonial Critique (with M. Liebmann; Altamira Press, 2008), the World Archaeological Congress Research Handbook on Postcolonial Archaeology (with J. Lydon; Left Coast Press, 2011) and she is the section editor (with L. Weiss and W. Londono) for Political and Social Archaeology in The Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology (2012).

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