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Ancient Indus: Urbanism, Economy, and Society (Rita P Wright) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2009) 9780521572194
Ancient Indus: Urbanism, Economy, and Society (Rita P Wright) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2009) 9780521572194
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Title: The Ancient Indus: Urbanism, Economy, and Society

Author: Wright, Rita P

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2009

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521572194

Volumes: 1; Pages: 416

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This early civilization was erased from human memory until 1924, when it was rediscovered and announced in the Illustrated London Times. 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 principally the results of archaeological excavations and surveys to draw a rich account of the Indus civilization's well-planned cities, its sophisticated alterations to the landscape, and the complexities of its agrarian and craft-producing economy. She focuses principally on the social networks established between city and rural communities; farmers, pastoralists, and craft producers; and Indus merchants and traders and the symbolic imagery that the civilization shared with contemporary cultures in Iran, Mesopotamia, Central Asia, and the Persian Gulf region. Broadly comparative, her study emphasizes the interconnected nature of early societies.Contents1. A long forgotten civilization2. Geographical and environmental settings3. From foraging to farming and pastoralism4. An expanded world of peer polities5. Urbanism and states: cities, regions and edge zones6. Agrarian and craft producing economies--intensification and specialization7. Agrarian and craft producing economies--diversification, organization of production, and exchange8. The lure of distant lands9. Landscapes of order and difference - the cultural construction of space, place and material access10. The final days of urbanism and the Indus civilization: decline, transition and transformation
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