The Archaeology of Early Historic South Asia: The Emergence of Cities and States

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 7, 1995 - History - 371 pages
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Cities and states developed in South Asia between c. BC 800 and AD 250, as Hinduism and Buddhism arose and spread. Drawing on archaeological studies and also on texts and inscriptions, this book explores the character of the early Indian cities, paying particular attention to their art and architecture and analyzing the political ideas that shaped the state systems. The study extends to the opening centuries of the Christian era, offering an Indian perspective on the contacts with the Greek and Roman worlds that followed the invasion by Alexander the Great.
 

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"The Archaeology of Early Historic South Asia" brought together a number of scholars who had been working on issues relating to Early Historic archaeology since the 1960s. F.R. Allchin, the volume's ... Read full review

Contents

The environmental context
10
The end of Harappan urbanism and its legacy
26
Language culture and the concept of ethnicity
41
Dark Age or continuum? An archaeological analysis of the second
54
ethnicity and the rise of Late Vedic
75
City states of North India and Pakistan at the time of the Buddha
99
Early cities and states beyond the Ganges Valley
123
The rise of cities in Sri Lanka
152
The Mauryan state and empire
187
Mauryan architecture and art
222
PostMauryan states of mainland South Asia c BC 18sAD 320
274
concluding synthesis
329
Bibliography
342
Index
358
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