The beauty of this paper is that it sets out very clearly the procedure needed to document bead types, the careful measurement and classification steps to start understanding a specific bead tradition.

Mayank Vahia
We do have some evidence of patterns that look like a board game but the evidence is sparse and we really have no good idea about what they played.

Happy New Year from all of us working Ilona Aronovsky, Nadine Zubair (Editors), Vasant Dave (Community), Jeff Turner (Programming). With a lot to come in 2018 . . ..

Another answer from our panel of ancient Indus experts to a question posed by site visitors.

One of the nice thing about archaeology is the surprises. Surprises like finding the Ghaggar-Hakra aka Sarasvati River according to some was not flowing in any big way during the Indus period (3500 BCE-1800 BCE).

Papers of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, vol. 86.

Of all the untapped veins to mine in ancient Indus studies, none may be as rich as the thousands of figurines excavated from all sites.

Photographs of the new Indus section and an exclusive interview with Curator Daniela de Simone on how it all came together.

"In a city like Mohenjo-daro, the excavators have said that the thick-walled houses could have taken an upper storey; there were several rooms and courtyards to a house, but whether each of these was the space for specific activities, we don’t know."


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