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Changing perspectives on the Indus Civilization: New insights from excavations in Pakistan and India

Lecture | April 30 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)


J. Mark Kenoyer, Professor, Anthropology, University of Wisconsin

Archaeological Research Facility, Department of Anthropology, Center for South Asia Studies, Pakistani American Culture Center, India Community Center, The 1947 Partition Archive


This illustrated lecture will focus on changing perspectives on the origin, character and decline of the Indus Civilization. The continuing excavations at sites in Pakistan and India, combined with ongoing research on aspects of technology, trade, settlement organization, writing and ideology provide new ways to interpret the nature of early urbanism and the organization of state-level society. Excavations at the sites of Harappa and Mohenjodaro, Pakistan will be the primary focus of the talk, supplemented with examples from other sites such as Ganweriwala and Lakhanjodaro in Pakistan, and Dholavira and other sites in India.

Jonathan Mark Kenoyer, Professor in Anthropology, teaches archaeology and ancient technology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has taught at Madison since 1985 and also serves as director of the Center for South Asia at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has a BA in Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley and completed his MA and PhD (1983) in South Asian Archaeology from the same university. He has been excavating at Harappa, Pakistan since 1986 as field Director of the Harappa Archaeological Research Project in collaboration with the Department of Archaeology and Museums, Govt. of Pakistan. His main focus is on the Indus Valley Civilization and he has worked in both Pakistan and India since 1974. He has a special interest in ancient technologies and crafts, socio-economic and political organization as well as religion. These interests have led him to study a broad range of cultural periods in South Asia as well as other regions of the world. His publications include monographs on the Indus civilization as well as numerous articles, a grade school book on ancient South Asia and even a coloring book on the Indus cities for children.


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