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Gregory Louis Possehl (July 21, – October 8, ) was a Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania and curator of the Asian Collections at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. He has been involved in excavations of the Indus Valley Civilization in India. Gregory Possehl’s The Indus Civilization: A. Contemporary Perspective. Drawing on a life-. time of research on the Harappan (Indus). culture of. art, language, and culture of the Indus Valley civilization, written by the leading The dean of North American Indus scholars, Gregory Possehl, attempts here.

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The Indus Civilization: A Contemporary Perspective

Return to Book Page. A Contemporary Perspective by Gregory L. The Indus Civilization of India and Pakistan was contemporary with, and equally complex as the better-known cultures of Mesopotamia, Egypt and China.

The dean of North American Indus scholars, Gregory Possehl, attempts here to marshal the state of knowledge about this fascinating culture in a readable synthesis. He traces the rise and fall of this civilization, examines th The Indus Civilization of India and Pakistan civilizatioh contemporary with, and equally complex as the better-known cultures of Mesopotamia, Egypt and China.

The Indus Civilization: A Contemporary Perspective by Gregory L. Possehl

He traces the rise and fall of this civilization, examines the economic, architectural, artistic, religious, and intellectual components of this culture, describes its most famous sites, and shows the relationships between the Indus Civilization and the other cultures of its time.

As a sourcebook for scholars, a textbook for archaeology students, and an informative volume for the lay reader, The Indus Civilization will be an exciting and informative read. Civilizatiojpages. Published September 28th by Altamira Press first published January kndus To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about The Indus Civilizationplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about The Indus Civilization. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Jun 04, Vaishali rated it really liked it Shelves: Civilizatiin excellent review of archeologic finds, some by the late researcher himself.

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Four stars for stick drawings outnumbering photos, and some academic verbosity. Sheds light on a few myths, like the long-debated “Aryan Invasion Theory”.

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The civilization was not ruled by king-priests. In indu, there is no evidence of political hierarchy at all. Social bonds seemed to have rested on highly-specialized, stable inter-community trade. Mohenjo Daro was not the capital An excellent review of archeologic finds, some by the late researcher himself.

Mohenjo Daro was not the capital of a vast empire, but an elite, pre-planned city built on virgin soil in under 80 years. So far, about 5 major urban centers have been found. The huge round structure atop Mohenjo Daro was not a citadel, but an architecturally-advanced bathhouse!

Buildings adjacent to it appear to be civic, but that’s unverified. Still, human remains indicate a relatively robust populace that secured its own independent food production for millennia. Numerous attempts at decipherment aside, the Indus script is a mystery. No “Rosetta Stone” has been found. Though Mohenjo Daro was built with millions of mathematically standardized baked bricks, the Indus civilization overall was not.

Vedic Sanskrit was most likely not the language of gergory early Indus, though it is a front-runner. Other contenders include Proto-Dravidian and Munda gregoory groupings. What is not contested is the high ethnic diversity of immigrant waves into the area. I was never taught about the Indus civilisation.

Not at school, nor at university during two degree programs. In other words, my ability to critiq I was never taught about the Indus civilisation. In other words, my ability to critique this book is rather limited, since this book itself grebory recently supplied me with an awful lot of what I know about the Indus civilisation.

However, this was still an important read for me, as it expanded my virtually non-existent comprehension on the subject. What stuck out for me was how little even specialists on the Indus civilisation know. The script is still undeciphered, so we know nothing about what the ancient Indus peoples wrote about themselves and their world. Possehl runs through the various propositions posssehl forward jndus competing theories, offering his own opinion as well, in a useful but understandably frustrating exercise.

That said, the book was a great introductory overview for me, and I hope that future work can do more to unravel the lives of the ancient Indus people. Mar 15, Tariq Mahmood rated it liked it Shelves: The book is a collection of essays, gives a few answers but still leaves a lot unanswered. Who were ruled this vast civilization which seemed to be run by priests and traders without clear boundaries or fighting armies?

But it’s clear that the whole ‘state’ was held together by volunteer citizens who all seemed to subscribe to one ideology. An ideology which sustained them for thousands of years.

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