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The ancient Indus Valley : new perspectives

The ancient Indus Valley : new perspectives

Author: Jane McIntosh
Publisher: Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, ©2008.
Series: Understanding ancient civilizations.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"The Indus Valley gave rise to a sophisticated Bronze Age civilization - a uniquely peaceful society that developed everything from a complex government to sanitary plumbing to maritime trade to a rich mythology. Yet it was completely forgotten until its remarkable rediscovery in the 1920s. This volume offers a revealing study of a civilization that was the equal of Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt, one that covered a  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
McIntosh, Jane.
Ancient Indus Valley.
Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, ©2008
Online version:
McIntosh, Jane.
Ancient Indus Valley.
Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, ©2008
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jane McIntosh
ISBN: 9781576079072 1576079074 9781576079089 1576079082
OCLC Number: 144773528
Description: ix, 441 pages : illustrations, maps ; 27 cm.
Contents: pt. I. Introduction --
Ch. 1. Introduction --
The Indus in Its Setting --
A Lost Civilization --
A Land of Unsolved Mysteries --
pt. 2. Indus Civilization --
Ch. 2. Location of the Indus Civilization and Its Environmental Setting --
Location --
The Environmental Setting --
The Changing Landscape --
Environmental Degradation --
Ch. 3. Historical and Chronological Setting --
History of the Investigation of South Asia's Past --
Studying the Indus Civilization --
Ch. 4. Origins, Growth, and Decline of the Indus Civilization --
Early South Asia (ca. 2 to 1 Million-7000 BCE) --
Early Farmers in Northwest South Asia (7000-4300 BCE) --
Later Settlements (4300-3200 BCE) --
The Early Indus (Early Harappan) Period (3200-2600 BCE) --
The Transition (2600-2500/2450 BCE) --
The Mature Indus Civilization (2600-1900/1800 BCE) --
The Posturban (Late Harappan) Period (1900/1800-1300 BCE) --
Ch. 5. Economics --
Subsistence Patterns --
Arable Agriculture --
Animal Husbandry --
Aquatic Resources --
Wild Resources --
Ch. 6. Resources, Trade, and Communications --
Introduction --
Internal Trade and Communications --
South Asian Trade and Exchange --
Overland Trade across the Iranian Plateau --
Gulf Trade --
Later Developments in Local and International Trade --
Ch. 7. Settlements --
Settlements and Settlement Patterns --
Cities, Towns, and Villages --
The Features of Urban Centers --
Ch. 8. Social and Political Organization --
Introduction --
Clues to Social Organization --
Clues to Political Organization --
Ch. 9. Religion and Ideology --
Introduction --
Religious Structures --
Iconography --
Ritual Practices --
The Treatment of the Dead --
Reconstructing Harappan Religion --
Ch. 10. Material Culture --
Workshops and Factories --
Construction --
Artifacts --
Art --
Ch. 11. Intellectual Accomplishments --
Numbers, Time, and Space --
Languages --
The Indus Script --
Ch. 12. The Indus Civilization Today --
The Emergence of Harappan Civilization --
Theories on the Sociopolitical Organization of the Indus State --
Indus Collapse --
General --
History of Discovery --
Indus Antecedents --
The Indus Civilization in South Asian Culture --
Neighbors of the Indus Civilization --
The End of the Indus Civilization and the Post-Harappan Period --
Economy, Trade, and Foreign Relations --
Industry, Technology, and Science --
The Harappan People --
Social and Political Organization --
Settlement and Settlements --
Language, Writing, and Seals --
Useful Web Pages --
Journals and Occasional Publications.
Series Title: Understanding ancient civilizations.
Responsibility: Jane R. McIntosh.
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