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Connections and Complexity

Abraham, Shinu Anna [u.a.] [Hrsg.]:
Connections and Complexity : New Approaches to the Archaeology of South Asia / ed. by Shinu Anna Abraham, Praveena Gullapalli, Teresa P. Raczek, Uzma Z. Rizvi. - Walnut Creek, California : Left Coast Press, 2013. - ca. 430 S.
ISBN 978-1-59874-686-0
US$ 89,00 (Hardback)
ISBN 978-1-61132-682-6
US$ 39,95 (eBook)
DDC: 934

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. [Verlagsinformation]

List of Illustrations. 7
Preface. 13
1. Shinu Anna Abraham, Praveena Gullapalli, Teresa P. Raczek, and Uzma Z. Rizvi:
Connections and complexity: New approaches to the archaeology of South Asia. 15
2. Kenneth A. R. Kennedy:
To what extent were the Prehistoric Sri Lankans isolated from the Indian mainland? Biotic and Archaeological Considerations. 35
3. Rita P. Wright:
Commodities and Things: The Kulli in Context. 47
4. Holly Pittman:
New evidence for interaction between the Iranian Plateau and the Indus Valley: Seals and Sealings from Konar Sandal South. 63
5. Louis Flam:
The Sindh archaeological project: Explorations in the Lower Indus Basin and Western Sindh. 91
6. Jonathan Mark Kenoyer:
Iconography of the Indus Unicorn: Origins and Legacy. 107
7. Kathleen D. Morrison and Mark T. Lycett:
Forest Products in a Wider World: Early Historic Conections across Souther India. 127
8. Monica L. Smith:
The Substance and Symbolism of Long-distance Exchange: Textiles as Desired Trade Goods in the Bronze Age Middle Asian Interaction Sphere. 143
9. Heather M.-L Miller:
Weighty Matters: Evidence for Unity and Regional Diversity from the Indus Civilization Weights. 161
10. Arunima Kashyap and Steve Weber:
Starch grain analysis and experiments provide insights into Harappan cooking practices. 177
11. Nancy Pinto-Orton:
Red polished ware in Gujarat: Surface collections from inland sites. 195
12. Heidi J. Miller:
Spiraling interconnectedness: A fresh look at double-spiral-headed pins in the Indian Subcontinent. 223
13. Shinu Anna Abraham:
In search of craft and society: The glass beads of Early Historic Tamil South India. 239
14. Praveena Gullapalli:
Lamination as production technique: patterns and possibilities. 263
15. Michael Frachetti:
Bronze Age pastoralism and differentiated landscapes along the Inner Asian Mountain Corridor. 279
16. Piotr A. Eltsov:
The ghost of the state in deep antiquity: A closer look at the Harappan Civilization from the viewpoint of Sanskrit literature. 299
17. Uzma Z. Rizvi:
Crafting communities and producing places: Copper, settlement patterns, and social identity in the Ganeshwar Jodhpura Cultural Complex, Rajasthan, India. 315
18. Teresa P. Raczek:
Technology and everyday crafts: Identifying traces of shared histories in the archaeological record. 341
19. Marta Ameri:
Regional diversity in the Harappan World: The evidence of the seals. 355
20. Charlotte Marie Cable and Christopher P. Thornton:
Monumentality and the Third-millennium "Towers" of the Oman Peninsula. 375
21. Suzanne Harris:
Small-scale Interactions across the North Gujarat Plain. 401
Index. 421
About the Authors. 425


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. Profile page.
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. Profile page.
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). Profile page.

Quellen: Left Coast Press; WorldCat; Bookbutler; Library of Congress; Google Books; St. Lawrence University News, 26. April 2013
Bildquelle: Left Coast Press
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