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The ancient Indus : urbanism, economy, and society

Author: Rita P Wright
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2010
Series: Case studies in early societies
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This early civilisation was erased from human memory until 1924, when it was rediscovered. Our understanding of the Indus has been partially advanced by textual sources from Mesopotamia that contain references to Meluhha, a land identified by cuneiform specialists as the Indus, with which the ancient Mesopotamians traded and engaged in battles. In this volume, Rita P. Wright uses both Mesopotamian texts but  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rita P Wright
ISBN: 9780521572194 9780521576529 0521576520 0521572193
OCLC Number: 768089381
Description: xix, 396 s. : illustrations, maps
Contents: 1. A long-forgotten civilization; 2. Geographical and environmental settings; 3. From foraging to farming and pastoralism; 4. An era of expansion and transformation; 5. Urbanism and states: cities, regions and edge zones; 6. Agrarian and craft producing economies I- intensification and specialization; 7. Agropastoral and craft-producing economies II- diversification, organization of production, and distribution; 8. The lure of distant lands; 9. Landscapes of order and difference --
the cultural construction of space, place and social difference; 10. Models for Indus religious ideologies
Series Title: Case studies in early societies
Responsibility: Rita P. Wright

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