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Trading Encounters
by Shereen Ratnagar      (Author ALERT)



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ProductID: 12890 - Hardcover - 408 Pages (Year: 2004)
Oxford University Press ~ ISBN: 0195666038


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Trading Encounters explores the scope of the exchanges between diverse cultures of western Asia and south Asia in the third millennium BC. It describes the remarkable range of merchandise and the long distances over which luxuries and ordinary goods were transported.

In this thoroughly updated and reorganized edition of her classic work Encounters: The Westerly Trade of the Harappa Civilization, Shereen Ratnagar has considerably expanded the scope of the study to cover a wider geographical reach, incorporate new data from recent excavations in West Asia, and discuss more traded material.

Ratnagar explores changes in Harappa's exchange relationships over time through a chronology based on synchronisms with Mesopotamia. Bringing a more definitive conception of Bronze Age polity and economy to this volume, the author offers a fresh interpretation of the form and significance of the trade and the decline of the Harappan civilization.

Comprehensive and lucidly written, this book will be invaluable for students and scholars of ancient Indian history, Indian archaeology, anthropology, and economics, and will also appeal to the informed lay reader.



 Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition

Preface to the First Edition

Abbreviations

Introduction

PART I
CULTURES IN CONTACT

Mesopotamia
Elam
The Gulf
The Location of Dilmun
The Kerman Region: Tepe Yahya and Shahdad
Shahr-i Sokhta and the Helmand Civilization
Iranian Baluchistan: The Bampur Valley
The Location of Magan
The Kulli Culture
The Harappan Ports of Makran
The Harappa Civilization
The Location of Meluhha
Turkmenistan, North-eastern Iran, and Beyond

INDIVIDUAL ITEMS OF TRADE

Textiles
Foodstuffs
Copper and Bronze
Wood
Bitumen
Pearls and Jewel Stones
Vessels of Marble and Calcite
Dark Stones
Pigments
Gold
Ivory
Steatire/chlorite and Grey ware Containers
Etched Carnelian Beads
Lapis lazuli
Silver and Lead
Dice and Gamesmen
Shells
Monkey Figurines
Turquoise

TRADE MECHANISMS

Sea Transport
Land Transport: Pack Animals
Land Transport: Carts
River Transport
Containers and Packages
Weights
Seal and Sealings: Their Implications for Long-distance Trade

PART II

Interpretation

Bibliography

Index

Tables

Contents

Figures

 


 About the Author

Shreen Ratnagar is professor of Archaeology and Ancient History at the centre for Historical Studies, Jawahar Lal Nehru University, New Delhi. With training at Deccan College Pune And in Mesopotamian Archaeology from the Institute of Archaeology, London, she gained field experience in Turkey, Iraq and the Gulf. She is currently a fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla. She gave up her Professorship in Archaeology at the JNU when it ceased to be fun and has since been researching and teaching in various places. Her interests include the bronze age, trade, urbanism, pastoralism, and recently, the social dimensions of early technology. She lives in Mumbai.


 

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