Inscribed Objects from Harappa Excavations 1987-2007

Two leading ancient Indus archaeologists on the inscribed objects discovered over the past 20 years at the ancient site of Harappa in Punjab, Pakistan.

The major thrust of the paper is that Indus inscriptions are most productively studied within their space-time context, with material from carefully controlled archaeological excavations providing the opportunity to evaluate change in the Indus script through time. Already in the earliest period at Harappa - the Ravi (aspect of the Hakra) Phase - there are symbols that seem to develop through the intervening Kot Diji Phase into Harappan signs.

Published by SUOMALAINEN TIEDEAKATEMI in Helsinki, Finland, in 2010 as part of the third volume of the profusely illustrated Corpus of Indus Seals and Inscriptions, the volumes of which provide the definitive photographic presentation of materials bearing the Indus script.

2010 Inscribed objects from Harappa Excavations: 1986-2007, by J. M. Kenoyer and R. H. Meadow. In Corpus of Indus Seals and Inscriptions, Vol. 3. New Material, untraced objects, and collections outside India and Pakistan, edited by A. Parpola, B.M. Pande, P. Koskikallio. Annales Academiae Scientiarum Gennicae, B 241:1, pp. xliv-lviii. Helsinki: Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia.