Historical Burdens of Past Civilisations

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The baggage that we carry from the present into our studies of the past. Two kinds of interpretations come up now and again of the ancient Indus Valley civilization (2600 to 1800 BC). Was it a caste society? Did it lack confrontations, violence, and warfare? 

In assessing these notions she tries to trace their origins. They may reveal more about twentieth-century India than about the bronze-age past. Shereen Ratnagar is an expert in Indus Valley, Mesopotamia and other cultures. Her insights are sure to be immensely interesting. 


Shereen Ratnagar

Shereen Ratnagar is currently Visiting Chair Professor at the School of Social Sciences, University of Hyderabad.

Her training at the Universities of Poona (Deccan College) and London (Institute of Archaeology) was in archaeology and at the JNU She wrote her PhD dissertation under the guidance of Romila Thapar on the trade of the Indus valley with cultures in the Gulf and Mesopotamia. She taught for many years at the Centre for Historical Studies, JNU, then broke loose and worked on her own, researching and writing books, teaching at the tribal academy at Tejgarh (Gujarat), etc. 

She will take up the Tagore National Fellowship to study the Mohenjo-daro clay figurines of women: were they really Mother Goddesses? 

Amongst her publications are:

• Mobile and Marginalized Peoples, New Delhi: Manohar (2003)

• Trading Encounters: From the Euphrates to the Indus in the Bronze Age, Oxford University Press (2nd edition), ISBN[masked]-X (2006)

• Understanding Harappa, New Delhi: Tulika, ISBN[masked] (2002)

• The End of the Great Harappan Tradition, New Delhi: Manohar, ISBN[masked]-0. (2000)

• The Other Indians - Essays on Pastoralists and Prehistoric Tribal People, Three Essays Collective (2004)

• Ayodhya: Archaeology After Excavation, New Delhi: Tulika (2007)

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  • sandesh

    just when black death plague killed 30% of europe and everyone thought europe was doomed, did the greatest turnaround happen...Gunpowder, Compass & Printing press....turning point of 16th century...anybody intrigued by this?

    November 13, 2013

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