Indus Ethnobiology: New Perspectives from the Field

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Steven A. Weber, William R. Belcher
Lexington Books, 2003 - Social Science - 441 pages
Indus Ethnobiology: New Perspectives From the Field is a unique and fascinating collection of interdisciplinary essays that study the Indus or Harappan Civilization of South Asia, one of the earliest urban civilizations. The essays in this volume utilize an ethnobiological approach to offer fresh insights into the sociocultural adaptations of the Indus people, as well as into urbanism and ecological and cultural change. Each article, written by a prominent scholar working in the region, studies animal and plant remains in order to explore issues such as environment, vegetation history, habitat exploitation, pastoralism, subsistence systems and agriculture. Incorporating biological, anthropological, and archeological theory, Indus Ethnobiology exemplifies what ethnobiology is and ought to be: a powerful source of ideas about the interrelationships between living organisms and human culture.

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Vegetation History and Wood Exploitation in Pakistani
Prehistoric Pastoralism in Northwestern South Asia
Fish Exploitation of the Indus Valley Tradition

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About the author (2003)

Steven Weber researches the development and evolution of subsistence systems and complex societies. He is currently an Associate Professor at Washington State University Vancouver. William R. Belcher is currently employed with the U.S. Army Central Identification Laboratory on Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii.

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