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Intensified summer monsoon and the urbanization of Indus Civilization in northwest India
These findings provide evidence that climate change was associated with both the expansion and contraction of Indus urbanism along the desert margin in northwest India.
Journey to the east: Diverse routes and variable flowering times for wheat and barley en route to prehistoric China
Investigating when barley cultivation dispersed from southwest Asia to regions of eastern Asia and how the eastern spring barley evolved in this context indicates that the eastern dispersals of wheat and barley were distinct in both space and time.
Adaptation to Variable Environments, Resilience to Climate Change: Investigating Land, Water and Settlement in Indus Northwest India
This paper explores the nature and dynamics of adaptation and resilience in the face of a diverse and varied environmental and ecological context using the case study of South Asia’s Indus
Exploring Indus crop processing: combining phytolith and macrobotanical analyses to consider the organisation of agriculture in northwest India c. 3200–1500 bc
The study shows that the agricultural strategies of these frequently overlooked smaller sites question the simplistic models that have traditionally been assumed for the time period, and that both multi-proxy analysis and rural settlements are deserving of further exploration.
Approaching rice domestication in South Asia: New evidence from Indus settlements in northern India
New analysis of spikelet bases and weeds collected from three Indus Civilisation settlements in north-west India provide insight into the way that rice was exploited, and suggest that the development of an independent rice tradition may have been intertwined with the practices of the eastern most Indus peoples.
Holocene landscape dynamics in the Ghaggar-Hakra palaeochannel region at the northern edge of the Thar Desert, northwest India
Abstract Precession-forced change in insolation has driven de-intensification of the Asian Monsoon systems during the Holocene. Set against this backdrop of a weakening monsoon, Indus Civilisation
Mapping Archaeology While Mapping an Empire: Using Historical Maps to Reconstruct Ancient Settlement Landscapes in Modern India and Pakistan
A range of data sources are now used to support the process of archaeological prospection, including remote sensed imagery, spy satellite photographs and aerial photographs. This paper advocates the
Cereals, calories and change: exploring approaches to quantification in Indus archaeobotany
Several major cereal groups have been identified as staples used by the pre-urban, urban and post-urban phase populations of the Indus Civilisation (3200–1500 BCE): wheat, barley, a range of small
An interdisciplinary framework for using archaeology, history and collective action to enhance India’s agricultural resilience and sustainability
South Asia has a deep history of agriculture that includes a range of past farming systems in different climatic zones. Many of these farming systems were resilient to changes in climate and
Lipid residues in pottery from the Indus Civilisation in northwest India
A systematic investigation into pot lipid residues from multiple sites demonstrates the potential of the method for examining ancient Indus foodways and the need for the development of further research in ancient organic residues in South Asia.