There and Back Again: Deconstructing Indus-related Seals Found Beyond the Harappan World


Dr. Dennys Frenez discusses the larger frame of seals and sealings in the ancient world and how ancient Indus seals found outside South Asia fit into this picture. They may not have been used so much to protect the integrity of shipped packages as to control the local management of goods. Details on the famous Lothal archive of clay sealings. Beautifully illustrated with high-resolution images, and insightful points that bring in the latest finds from the Gulf and its interaction with ancient Indus traders. Relates finds to modern commodity branding and personalization and unbalanced oligopolies. An all-round fascinating talk.