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New York University (New York, NY 10012-1019)
Rita P. Wright (Project Director: September 1997 to present)

Landscape Histories and Human Settlement in the Indus Valley Civilization: Harappa and Its Hinterlands

To support a survey, excavation, and analysis of rural settlement sites in the Indus Valley, focusing on the relationship between landscape and settlement patterns and between city and countryside.

The proposed research is a multidisciplinary program of survey and excavation to investigate landscape histories and human settlement in the Indus Valley civilization. The discovery of fourteen archaeological sites along the drainage of the dry bed of the Beas River near the Indus city of Harappa is a focal point for linking elements of landscape and socio-cultural change. New data on the environment and urban and rural impacts have been established as well as the feasibility and significance of the research. Analysis of the regional system will provide a broadened understanding of the cultural dynamic among a major urban settlement, neighboring satellite communities and long-term changes in landscape in this first urban climax in South Asia. The project is of more general interest to an understanding of patterns of urban growth in early societies and changing social and natural landscapes.

Project fields:

Collaborative Research

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$65,000 (approved)
$65,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/1998 – 8/31/2001