Peaceful Realm: The Rise and Fall of the Indus Civilization

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Here is a fascinating, comprehensive overview of our present knowledge of the Indus civilization, which flourished, in what today is Pakistan, from 25000 to 1800 B.C. Jane McIntosh sifts the archaeological and linguistic evidence to present an outstandingly vivid recreation of one of the world's great but all-but-lost ancient civilizations.

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Overview

Here is a fascinating, comprehensive overview of our present knowledge of the Indus civilization, which flourished, in what today is Pakistan, from 25000 to 1800 B.C. Jane McIntosh sifts the archaeological and linguistic evidence to present an outstandingly vivid recreation of one of the world's great but all-but-lost ancient civilizations.

About the Author:
Jane McIntosh is a professional writer on prehistory, She holds a Ph.D. in South Indian archaeology from Cambridge University, and lives in the West of England.

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Brian Fagan
McIntosh provides us with a balanced account of the Indus civilization, which places this most enigmatic of early civilizations in a broader historical context. Her clearly written and engaging book highlights many unanswered questions about the shadowy Indus people and stresses the importance of their cultural legacy for later Indian civilization. Anyone interested in ancient civilizations will find this an engrossing and important synthesis.
Asko Parpola
A specialist in South Asian archaeology with successful archaeological textbooks to her credit, Jane McIntosh is well-prepared to author a comprehensive new account of the enigmatic Indus Civilization. The data are presented with much interesting detail and reconsidered in a worldwide perspective. Clear style and balanced judgement combined with a sense of relevance make this reassessment of the current state of research an easily read and fascinating introduction to the subject.
Paul G. Bahn
At last! A highly readable and accessible account of that most mysterious of ancient civilizations, one that is not only meticulous, accurate and up-to-date about what is known, but also refreshingly honest about what is not - the gaps in our knowledge that have not yet been filled or are unlikely ever to be resolved. A remarkable achievement.
Dilip K. Chakrabarti
Though it is certainly possible to disagree with the author on many issues in a field underscored with uncertainties and a paucity of research, this excellently written volume provides general readers with a valuable introduction to the Indus civilization.
C.C. Lamberg-Karlovsky
An informed, lucid, and imaginative rendering of one of the major, and least known, ancient civilizations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813335322
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 12/24/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 9.18 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane McIntoshis a professional writer on prehistory and archaeology. She holds a degree in European prehistory and a Ph.D. in Indian archaeology from Cambridge University. Widely traveled, she has worked on many excavations in Britain and abroad. She now lives in the west of England.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
1 Lost Civilizations 14
2 Before the Indus Civilization 30
3 Farmers of the Indus 44
4 Crafts of the Indus 60
5 The Urban Revolution 82
6 Indus Religion 106
7 Indus Society 122
8 The Enigmatic Indus Script 140
9 Trade and Local and International Relations 156
10 A Peaceful Realm? 176
11 The End of the Indus Civilization 184
12 The Legacy of the Indus Civilization 194
13 Civilization 204
Bibliography 212
Illustration Credits 217
Index 218
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