Indus Ethnobiology

Indus Ethnobiology : New Perspectives from the Field

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Indus Ethnobiology: New Perspectives From the Field is a unique and fascinating collection of interdisciplinary essays that study the Indus society of South Asia, one of the earliest urban civilizations. The essays in this volume utilize an ethnobiological approach to offer fresh insights into the socialcultural adaptations of the Indus people, as well as into urbanism and ecological and cultural change.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 448 pages
  • 160.02 x 236.22 x 30.99mm | 811.93g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • bibliography, index
  • 0739106090
  • 9780739106099

Review quote

At last, a collection of essays based upon systematically executed field research, reconstructing the subsistence patterns that contributed to developments in the Indus civilization. The book is a landmark study and model for any future research there and elsewhere. -- Rita Wright, New York University Essential. CHOICE Indus Ethnobiology, with its numerous fresh studies of faunal and botanical remains of the greater Indus Valley, is an excellent and long-awaited contribution to the field. It is the result of original research by young scholars who have brought to the field many new and innovative approaches. Without hesitation I would say that this volume is one of the most important contributions to the field in over fifty years. -- J. Mark Kenoyer, University of Wisconsin, Madisonshow more

About Steven A. Weber

Steven Weber researches the development and evolution of subsistence systems and complex societies. He is currently an Associate Professor at Washington State University Vancouver. William R. Belcher is currently employed with the U.S. Army Central Identification Laboratory on Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The Indus Civilization: An Introduction to Environment, Subsistence, and Cultural History Chapter 3 Vegetation History and Wood Exploitation in Pakistani Baluchistan from the Neolithic to the Harappan Period: The Evidence from Charcoal Analysis Chapter 4 Prehistoric Pastoralism in Northwestern South Asia from the Neolithic through the Harappan Period Chapter 5 Fish Exploitation of the Indus Valley Tradition Chapter 6 Archaeobotany at Harappa: Indications for Change Chapter 7 Investigating Agriculture and Environment in South Asia: Present and Future Contributions from Opal Phytoliths Chapter 8 Secondary Products and Urbanism in South Asia: The Evidence for Traction at Harappa Chapter 9 Food and Fodder: Plant Usage and Changing Sociocultural Landscapes during the Harappan Phase in Gujarat, India Chapter 10 Indus and Non-Indus Agricultural Traditions: Local Developments and Crop Adoptions on the Indian Peninsula Chapter 11 Minimizing Risk?: Approaches to Pre-Harappan Human Ecology on the Northwest Margin of the Greater Indus Systemshow more