The Indus Civilization: A Contemporary Perspective

The author, the late Gregory Possehl, was one of the world's leading experts on the ancient Indus Valley. This book is a summary of his extensive, multi-volume works summarizing ancient Indus archaeology and research in historical detail.

The Indus Civilization of India and Pakistan was contemporary with, and equally complex as the better-known cultures of Mesopotamia, Egypt and China. The dean of North American Indus scholars (Possehl) attempts here to marshal the state of knowledge about this fascinating culture in a readable synthesis. He traces the rise and fall of this civilization, examines the economic, architectural, artistic, religious, and intellectual components of this culture, describes its most famous sites, and shows the relationships between the Indus Civilization and the other cultures of its time. As a sourcebook for scholars, a textbook for archaeology students, and an informative volume for the lay reader, The Indus Civilization will be an exciting and informative read.

Altamira Press, January 2003