Research Programs: Archaeology Projects

Period of Performance

6/1/1993 - 11/30/1996

Funding Totals (outright + matching)

$170,000.00 (approved)
$170,000.00 (awarded)

The Harappa Archaeological Research Project: Investigations at an Urban Center of the Indus Valley Civilization

FAIN: RK-20033-93

University of Wisconsin System (Madison, WI 53715-1218)
Jonathan Kenoyer (Project Director: October 1992 to September 1997)

To support a three-year excavation at the early Indus Valley city of Harappa, Pakistan, in order to investigate the history of the settlement from about 3300 B.C. to the present.

The proposed project will focus on the origin and development of craft technologies and writing in the period preceding the emergence of Harappa as a major urban center of the Indus Valley Civilization. It will result in a more comprehensive model for the development of writing along with other new techno9logies during the critical period of transition to urbanism, between 2800 and 2600 BC. New excavations will focus on areas of the site where large samples of craft indicators and inscribed objects can be recovered from pre-urban occupation levels. Contextual and chronological analysis, formal and stylistic studies, iconological studies, and technological analysis will be conducted. This research will be of considerable interest to scholars studying early urbanism, technological change, the origins of writing, state level society, and "world" economic systems.

Associated Products

Ancient Cities of the Indus Valley Civilizations (Book)
Title: Ancient Cities of the Indus Valley Civilizations
Author: Jonathan Mark Kenoyer
Abstract: This lavishly illustrated book presents a coherent and fascinating account of the Indus Valley civilization that will appeal to specialists and non-specialists alike. Kenoyer draws on the latest archaeological information from Harappa, Mohenjodaro, Dholavira, and other major sites as well as on his considerable knowledge of South Asian societies and ancient technologies. He addresses such enduring topics as the nature and role of the Indus writing system, the Indus religino as evidenced through sculpture and architecture, the political organization of Indus city-states, long-distance trade and the importance of merchants in Indus society, and the daily life of the diverse inhabitants of the cities, towns, and villages of the region.
Year: 1998
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Access Model: Book
Publisher: Oxford University Press Pakistan
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 9780195779400
Copy sent to NEH?: Yes