The Ancient Indus Valley: New Perspectives

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ABC-CLIO, 2008 - History - 441 pages
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"The Ancient Indus Valley: New Perspectives" takes readers back to a civilization as complex as its contemporaries in Mesopotamia and Egypt, one that covered a far larger region, yet lasted a much briefer time (less than a millennium) and left few visible traces.

Researchers have tentatively reconstructed a model of Indus life based on limited material remains and despite its virtually indecipherable written record. This volume describes what is known about the roots of Indus civilization in farming culture, as well as its far-flung trading network, sophisticated crafts and architecture, and surprisingly war-free way of life. Readers will get a glimpse of both a remarkable piece of the past and the extraordinary methods that have brought it back to life.

  

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Written in 12 essay-style chapters, this impressive reference provides keen insights into the Indus Valley's many mysteries and traces the culture's developmental trajectory. Beginning with the ... Read full review

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Contents

PART 2 INDUS CIVILIZATION
7
PART 3 CURRENT ASSESSMENT
383
Glossary
403
Chronology
419
Resources for Further Study
423
Index
429
About the Author
441
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