Gregory Louis Possehl (1941-2011)

On his ninth death anniversary, a tribute to the American archaeologist Gregory M. Possehl, one of the most prolific writers on the ancient Indus civilization – no less than eight books by Possehl are listed on this site, many of them massive tomes, covering all aspects of Indus civilization. Primarily associated with the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Professor and Curator of Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, this tribute by two other leading Indus scholars, Vasant Shinde (Deccan College, Pune) and Asko Parpola (University of Helsinki), describes his life, commitment to excavations in Gujarat where he was primarily active as an archaeologist, and the many relationships he formed with future scholars.

Some of Dr. Possehl's articles are available on