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Harappan Civilization: Homogeneity and Heterogeneity

Vijneshu Mohan (Author)
Synopsis The book opens with a discussion on the historiography of the Harappan archaeology. One chapter, conventionally, incorporates a discrete review of the relevant pottery typologies. Details of selective important sites are given for discerning readers. Separate independent chapters deal the art, architecture, craft activities/specializations, trade and chronology, in the light of fresh researches. The volume critically evaluates or enumerates the homogeneity thesis; and elaborates upon the heterogeneity enshrined in differential growth of the Harappan civilization. Dynamic forces of convergence and multiplication intertwined to produce the unique cultural ethos, with regional variations. The cohesiveness was, in the main, provided by closely interacting (communicating) diverse settlement matrices. The civilization also prospered in harsher (semi-arid) conditions; and the concerted agricultural innovations ensured steady supply of, even, surplus grains. The ‘arrested’ Harappan urbanization, laced with continued strong rural flavour, acted both as cause and effect when viewed as coordinated processes.
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About the author

Vijneshu Mohan

Vijneshu Mohan has had a brilliant academic career obtaining first position in M.A. from the Kurukshetra University. Subsequently, he studied at the Ohio University, USA, on a scholarship. Thereafter, he won the prestigious Cambridge Nehru Scholarship at the University of Cambridge, UK, for higher research in Archaeology. He has, to his credit, several research publications in reputed journals and presentations in national / international conferences and seminars. He taught Archaeology at the Panjab University, Chandigarh. He has authored three well-received thought-provoking books viz., (1) Archaeology: Status, Growth and Development (1998); (2) Philosophical Archaelogy (2000) and Folkloristics of Mahabharata (2003).

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Bibliographic information

Title Harappan Civilization: Homogeneity and Heterogeneity
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8176464759
length viii+319p., Appendices; References; Bibliography; Index; 25cm.