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Companion to South Asia in the Past, A
Published by John Wiley and Sons Inc
A Companion to South Asia in the Past provides the definitive overview of research and knowledge about South Asia s past, from the Pleistocene to the historic era in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal, provided by a truly global team of experts.
A Companion to South Asia in the Past provides the definitive overview of research and knowledge about South Asia s past, from the Pleistocene to the historic era in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal, provided by a truly global team of experts. The most comprehensive and detailed scholarly treatment of South Asian archaeology and biological anthropology, providing ground-breaking new ideas and future challenges Provides an in-depth and broad view of the current state of knowledge about South Asia s past, from the Pleistocene to the historic era in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal A comprehensive treatment of research in a crucial region for human evolution and biocultural adaptation A global team of scholars together present a varied set of perspectives on South Asian pre- and proto-history
Notes on Contributors x Acknowledgments xvii Formal Dedication xviii V.N. Misra Foreword xx Angela R. Lieverse Maps xxvi 1 Introduction 1 Gwen Robbins Schug and Subhash R. Walimbe Part I Paleoanthropology in South Asia 11 2 Mammalian Paleodiversity and Ecology of Siwalik Primates in India and Nepal 13 Rajan Gaur 3 A Decade of Paleoanthropology in the Indian Subcontinent (2005 2015) 32 Parth R. Chauhan 4 Archaic Genomes and the Peopling of South Asia 51 Mark Stoneking 5 Out of Africa and into South Asia: The Evidence from Paleolithic Archaeology 60 Ravi Korisettar 6 Hominin Fossil Remains from the Narmada Valley 72 A.R. Sankhyan 7 Mesolithic Foragers of the Ganges Plain and Adjoining Hilly Regions of the Vindhyas 86 J.N. Pal 8 Mesolithic Foragers of the Ganges Plain: Pathology, Stature, and Subsistence 101 John R. Lukacs Part II Middle Holocene Farmers and Urban Dwellers 125 9 Current Perspectives on the Harappan Civilization 127 Vasant Shinde 10 Excavations at Harappa, 1986 2010: New Insights on the Indus Civilization and Harappan Burial Traditions 145 J.M. Kenoyer and R.H. Meadow 11 Bioarchaeology of the Indus Valley Civilization: Biological Affinities, Paleopathology, and Chemical Analyses 169 Nancy C. Lovell 12 More than Origins: Refining Migration in the Indus Civilization 187 Benjamin Valentine 13 Aryans and the Indus Civilization: Archaeological, Skeletal, and Molecular Evidence 205 Michel Danino 14 The Ahar Culture and Others: Social Spectrums of the Mewar Plain 225 Teresa P. Raczek 15 The Archaeology of the Late Holocene on the Deccan Plateau (The Deccan Chalcolithic) 240 Prabodh Shirvalkar and Esha Prasad 16 The Center Cannot Hold: A Bioarchaeological Perspective on Environmental Crisis in the Second Millennium bce, South Asia 255 Gwen Robbins Schug and Kelly Elaine Blevins 17 The Gandhara Grave Culture : New Perspectives on Protohistoric Cemeteries in Northern and Northwestern Pakistan 274 Muhammad Zahir Part III Historic Archaeology: Monuments and Meaning 295 18 Early Iron Age Megalith Builders of Vidarbha: A Historical View 297 P.S. Joshi 19 Situating Iron Age Monuments in South India: A Textual and Ethnographic Approach 310 K. Rajan 20 A Review of Early Historic Urbanization in India 319 Reshma Sawant and Gurudas Shete 21 Historical and Medieval Period Archaeology 332 Monica L. Smith 22 The Transition to Agricultural Production in India: South Asian Entanglements of Domestication 344 Charlene A. Murphy and Dorian Q. Fuller 23 From Millet to Rice (and Back Again?): Cuisine, Cultivation, and Health in Southern India 358 Kathleen D. Morrison 24 Death and Burial among Two Ancient High ]Altitude Communities of Nepal 374 Mark Aldenderfer and Jacqueline T. Eng Part IV South Asia in Retrospect 399 25 Prehistoric Archaeology in Bangladesh: An Overview 401 Shahnaj Husne Jahan 26 Archaeology of Nepal 412 Prakash Darnal 27 The Peopling of Sri Lanka from Prehistoric to Historic Times: Biological and Archaeological Evidence 426 Samanti Kulatilake 28 Theoretical Archaeology in India: An Anthropological Perspective 437 K. Paddayya 29 Moving Forward, Looking Back: The Collective Memory of Indian Anthropology 450 Abhik Ghosh 30 Anthropology and Museums in India 465 Kishor K. Basa 31 Human Skeletal Studies: Changing Trends in Theoretical and Methodological Perspectives 482 Subhash R. Walimbe 32 Where Are They Now? The Human Skeletal Remains from India 496 V. Mushrif-Tripathy, K.S. Chakraborty, and S. Lahiri Index 534
Gwen Robbins Schug is an Associate Professor of biological anthropology at Appalachian State University (Boone, NC). She is the author of Bioarchaeology and Climate Change: A View from South Asian Prehistory (2011). Her research has been widely published in academic journals and covered in Science Magazine, National Geographic, Science Daily, The New Yorker Magazine, and The New York Times. Subhash Walimbe was Professor of biological anthropology at Deccan College Post-Graduate Research Institute and the Head of Department at Pune University before retiring in 2010. He is the author of nine books and more than 80 research articles on South Asian prehistory. His research has been funded by National Geographic, Smithsonian Institution, and the Ford Foundation, among others. He serves on the advisory committee to several Indian Universities and the Government of India research establishments.
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