Remains of the race: Archaeology, nationalism, and the yearning for civilisation in the Indus valley

  title={Remains of the race: Archaeology, nationalism, and the yearning for civilisation in the Indus valley},
  author={Sumathi Ramaswamy},
  journal={Indian Economic \& Social History Review},
  pages={105 - 145}
  • S. Ramaswamy
  • Published 1 June 2001
  • Sociology, History
  • Indian Economic & Social History Review
This article explores the impact of a single event-the announcement in September 1924 of the ’discovery&dquo; of pre-historic ruins in the Indus valley-on three divergent intellectual circles in colonial India. I consider the manner in which the language and conceptual tools of pre-historic archaeology, a relatively new knowledgepractice in the early decades of the twentieth century in India, were negotiated by the subcontinent’s intellectuals who stood outside the professional ambit of that… 
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