Jonathan Mark Kenoyer

Ancient Indus questions answered by Dr. Jonathan Mark Kenoyer, who teaches at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and is Co-Director of HARP (the Harappan Archaeological Research Project), author of Ancient Cities of the Indus Valley Civilization and The Ancient South Asian World. He has numerous articles on this website, and the slideshows Around the Indus in 90 Slides, and Around the Indus in 90 Slides 2 among others.

Textiles of the Indus Civilization: with a special focus on cotton


Dr. Jonathan Mark Kenoyer discusses the oldest evidence of cotton in the world, at the site of Mehrgarh in Balochistan, and early uses of cotton and other fibres in the ancient Indus civilization. Examples of textile use compared with similar patterns and usage in modern times. Extensively illustrated, including with an image of the oldest known textile remnant from roughly 7000 BCE. Maps show movement of cotton and other textile goods in the wider region. Covers the many tools used by ancient craftspeople.