Excavations at Gilund: The Artifacts and Other Studies

Excavations at Gilund: The Artifacts and Other Studies



Located in the Mewar region of Rajasthan, India, Gilund is the largest known site of the Ahar-Banas Cultural Complex, a large agropastoral group that was contemporaneous with and flanked by the Indus Civilization. Occupied during the Chalcolithic and Early Historic periods, the ancient site of Gilund holds significant clues to understanding third millennium B.C.E cultural interactions in South Asia and beyond.

Excavations at Gilund provides a full analysis of the artifacts recovered during the five-year excavation project conducted by the University of Pennsylvania and Deccan College. The excavators investigated the regional development of early farming villages, their shifting subsistence practices, their economy and trade with other cultures, and the traces of Gilund's transition from the Chalcolithic to the Iron Age. Their findings shed light on the extent and nature of early trade networks, the rise of early complex societies, and the symbolic and ideological beliefs of this region. This volume synthesizes new discoveries with previous findings and considers Gilund in a broader regional and global context, making it the most comprehensive presentation of archaeological data for this region to date.



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University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology


Philadelphia, PA


gilund, india, rajasthan, ahar-banas cultural complex, indus civilization, excavation in india, archaeology


Archaeological Anthropology | Asian History | South and Southeast Asian Languages and Societies

Excavations at Gilund: The Artifacts and Other Studies