Brad Chase

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Becoming Harappan: Configuring the Socioenvironmental Landscapes of the Indus Civilization in Gujarat, India
Presenter:  Brad Chase
Department of Anthropology
Main Quad - Building 50
Room 51A (Colloquium Room)

Date and Time:  Monday, January 30, 2012 - 3:15pm
Event Type:  Colloquium
Quarter:  Winter 2011/2012
The integration of the geosocially distinct region of Gujarat (India) into the wider Indus Civilization during its apotheosis (c. 2600-1900 BC) is a defining feature of the emergence of urban lifeways in the region. The social and cultural changes that characterized this period--as well as those that accompanied the subsequent dissolution of Indus urbanism--are not well understood. Ongoing faunal analyses, in conjunction with investigations of the materiality of domestic practice and biogenic isotopes at several small walled manufacturing and trading settlements in the Indus borderlands, provide new insights into constructions of everyday life during periods of tremendous social transformation. Investigating the particularities of socioenvironmental change brings South Asia’s first urban civilization into productive dialogue with more general anthropological inquires relating to the development and transformation of complexly networked societies more generally.