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.