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H 290 x W 205 mm

278 pages

223 figures, 93 tables (colour throughout)

Published Oct 2023

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781803275918

Digital: 9781803275925

DOI 10.32028/9781803275918

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Rakhigarhi; Harappan Civilization; Archaeology; Indian Proto-History; Indus Valley

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New Perspectives on the Harappan Culture in Light of Recent Excavations at Rakhigarhi: 2011–2017, Volume 1: Bioarchaeological Research on the Rakhigarhi Necropolis

Symposium Proceedings of the 6th International Congress of The Society of South Asian Archaeology and Updated Scientific Research

Edited by Vasant Shinde, Dong Hoon Shin

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Rakhigarhi, situated in Hisar District, Haryana, India, is one of the largest metropolises of the Harappan Civilization found so far. After introducing the excavations that took place 2011-2017 and setting out the objectives of the project, this book focuses on the uncovered cemetery, with detailed analysis and inventories of the burials.




Chapter 1: Introduction to the Harappan Culture: recent perspectives – Vasant Shinde

Chapter 2: The Rakhigarhi Archaeological Site and Research Objectives – Vasant Shinde, Nilesh Jadhav, Yongjun Kim, Dong Hoon Shin

Chapter 3: Excavations 2013–2016 – Vasant Shinde, Nilesh Jadhav, YongjunKim, Dong Hoon Shin, Banani Bhattacharyya

Chapter 4: Archaeological Inventory, Rakhigarhi Necropolis (2013–2016) – Yongjun Kim, Nilesh Jadhav, Dong Hoon Shin, Banani Bhattacharya, Vasant Shinde

Chapter 5: Anthropological review of human skeletons from the Rakhigarhi necropolis – Hyejin Lee, Yongjun Kim, Eun Jin Woo, Vasant Shinde, Won Joon Lee, Pranjali Waghmare, Nilesh Jadhav, Chang Seok Oh, Jong Ha Hong, Jieun Kim, Dong Hoon Shin

Chapter 6: Craniofacial Reconstruction of Harappan Individuals from the Rakhigarhi Necropolis – Won Joon Lee, Yong Jun Kim, Vasant Shinde, Eun Jin Woo, Hyejin Lee, Pranjali Waghmare, Nilesh Jadahv, Jong Ha Hong, Dong Hoon Shin

Chapter 7: Parasitism, Sanitation, and City Management relating to the Harappan Civilisation – Dong Hoon Shin, Yongjun Kim, Jong-Yil Chai, Vasant Shinde, Nilesh Jadahv, Chang Seok Oh, Jong Ha Hong, Astha Dibyopama, Jieun Kim, and Min Seo

Chapter 8: Archaeozoological Investigations at Rakhigarhi: an Interim Report – Arati Deshpande-Mukherjee, Pankaj Goyal, Tarannum Caur, Sanjay Krishna, Atashi Maitra

Chapter 9: Conclusion – Vasant Shinde, Dong Hoon Shin, Banani Bhattacharyya

Appendix 1: Inventory of Rakhigarhi necropolis skeletons – Hyejin Lee, Eun Jin Woo, Yongjun Kim, Pranjali Waghmare, Vasant Shinde, Nilesh Jadhav, Chang Seok Oh, Jong Ha Hong, Dong Hoon Shin

Appendix 2: Research ethics relating to investigations at the Rakhigarhi necropolis – Vasant Shinde, Nilesh Jadhav, Yongjun Kim, Dong Hoon Shin

About the Author

Vasant Shinde, a former Professor and Vice-Chancellor at the Deccan College Post-Graduate and Research Institute, Pune, and presently a CSIR Bhatnagar Fellow at CCBM, Hyderabad, is a world-renowned archaeologist in South Asia. Over the last 43 years he has pioneered archaeological research, specialising in the protohistory of South Asia and maritime history as well as field archaeology. Prof. Shinde has completed 16 major research projects, in the process of which he has collaborated with scholars and institutes from around the world.


Dong Hoon Shin currently researches paleopathology and biological anthropology as a professor in Seoul National University, South Korea. His research has been mainly focused on the acquisition of data on pre-modern health and disease. Using research tools ranging from anatomical and histological techniques to various biochemical analyses, he has worked to reveal the changing patterns of physical and pathological traits throughout human history.

Banani Bhattacharyya is a field archaeologist and Deputy Director in the Department of Archaeology and Museums, Haryana (since 2015). She has contributed many articles in different journals and books of national and international repute. She has also carried out archaeological excavations in West Bengal, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh. She has received the award for best paper in the Archaeology Section in three different Annual Sessions of the Indian History Congress.