Personal Reflections on some Contributions of Jonathan Mark Kenoyer to the Archaeology of Northwestern South Asia

A personal reflection by Richard H. Meadow, Co-Director of the Harappa Archaeological Research Project, on working with Mark Kenoyer for over 30 years. Not only a fine tribute to a remarkable archaeologist born and raised in the subcontinent, but also a description of the development of ancient Indus archaeology in Pakistan since the 1970s, and how important decisions on training local staff, accessioning objects found and recreating ancient manufacturing techniques have been among the tactics - besides the personalities - that have led to a much better and broader understanding of this elusive civilization.

Mark Kenoyer has made substantial and, indeed, remarkable contributions to South Asian Archaeology and especially to our understanding of the Indus Civilization and its technology. Many of these are evident in his published oeuvre. Others are less well known and often have been evident only to those who have worked with him in the field. In this short appreciation, I provide some personal recollections of working with Mark in Pakistan over the past 45 years with a focus on the sites of Balakot and Harappa.

Above: The author, Richard H. Meadow with Mark Kenoyer at Harappa in 1991.