Negotiating Evidence: History, Archaeology and the Indus Civilisation

  title={Negotiating Evidence: History, Archaeology and the Indus Civilisation},
  author={Sudeshna Guha},
  journal={Modern Asian Studies},
  pages={399 - 426}
  • Sudeshna Guha
  • Published 13 April 2005
  • Sociology
  • Modern Asian Studies
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