Ancient Indus Civilization Videos

32 ancient Indus civilization videos curated by Ilona Aronovsky (the few worth watching).

Jonathan Mark Kenoyer's Deccan College Lecture on April 10 2021 goes into the earliest evidence of textiles in the greater Indus Valley, from Mehrgarh in 7000 BCE through Indus times, digging into the specific varieties of cotton, linen, flax, silk and other plant fibers and even colours used. Illustrated and comprehensive, from an expert archaeologist who brings in evidence from other forms of expression like pottery and ornamentation that are linked to textile remnants.

A wide-ranging, illustrated talk on bioarchaeology and climate change, and the many misconceptions people have about the latter. In the case of the ancient Indus Valley civilization for example, the inhabitants demonstrated many strategies for dealing with varying environmental conditions, so that attributing the decline of the civilization to climate change is likely incomplete. Dr. Schug deals with more than the ancient Indus civilization, but also looks at Indus sites and some of the recent finds at Sinauli.

The keynote lecture at the University of Kerala's March 2021 international webinar on Indus Civilization by Dr. Jonathan Mark Kenoyer (University of Wisconsin, Madison). An in-depth, fully illustrated look at ornamentation, ideology and its role across the wider Indus Valley, from the carnelian that comes from Gujarat that was worked on at sites like Harappa, to the steatite from Hazara that was worked on in areas far to the south.

A review of archaeological history and perspective in India from its origins in colonial times through Independence. The role of museums and politics in formulating archaeological practice and display, and how colonial practice remains current in the way we look at the ancient Indus civilization.

Dr. Guha's scholarly article Decolonizing South Asia through Heritage- and Nation- Building which is the basis of this talk is also available.

Dr. Jonathan Mark Kenoyer delivers the 23rd Gulestan and Rustom Billimoria Endowment Lecture at the Asiatic Society of Mumbai, Dec. 14, 2020. A deep exploration of the Indus script and its evolution in the context of Indus civilization and other neighbouring Bronze Age cultures and their writing systems. Profusely illustrated, and including the latest research by leading scholars.

Dr. Jonathan Mark Kenoyer compares three ancient Indus urban centers in the 3rd millennium BCE. An expansive, illustrated look at Indus civilization and its many threads from Mehrgarh in 7000 BCE on, with a focus on domestication, indigenous populations and trade networks.

The keynote talk at the January 2020 Conference on the Indus Script at Mohenjo-daro covers larger themes on the Indus Valley civilization, the latest research and promising avenues of exploration by a variety of scholars present.

A well done clip from the US PBS series on First Civilizations presents seals as tools of trade and among the world's first branding vehicles. Stunning seal close-ups, erudite narration.

A well-done National Geographic piece introducing the ancient city with excellent aerial views and the compelling factoid that Mohenjo-daro's size was 5x that of Vatican city.

The distinguished Indian archaeologist Shereen Ratnagar talks about the preconceptions and limitations of Indian archaeology, reflecting on "the kind of subtle points that don't always get taught in archaeology departments."

A beautiful music video taking you to the ancient and modern town and surroundings of Harappa, from the magnificent banyan tree in the museum garden, to the galleries, bones and pottery.

A slowly moving musically roll-out and introduction of the signs incorporated into the new Indus font package, the first of its kind, recently launched by the National Fund for Mohenjodaro.

A beautiful, patient aerial tour of the site that contextualizes the relationship of the stupa mound, Great Bath and other areas to each other in a way no other way of visiting the site can.

Geo News reports on the new French excavations at the site in Nawabshah district (Urdu), with the lead French archaeologist Dr. Aurore Didier interviewed in English. Nice shots of the mound, the many people working from various Pakistani universities.

A brief but revealing visit to the site in real time. It's size is so small, but the possibilities beneath, as excavations in 1935-36 showed, so large.

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