Quarries in Harappa

  • Paolo Biagi
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-3934-5_9696-2

Flint was the most important raw material exploited by the third millennium BCE Bronze Age inhabitants of the Indus Valley and its related territories. Although the importance of this siliceous stone, apart from very few exceptions (Cleland, 1987; Hoffman & Cleland, 1977; Inizan & Lechevallier, 1997; Kenoyer, 1984), has rarely been pointed out even in the most recent publications on the subject (see, for instance, Lahiri, 1992, 2005; Possehl, 2002; Ratnagar, 2004; Wright, 2010), nevertheless, the research carried out mainly during the last 30 years in the Rohri Hills in Upper Sindh (Biagi, 1997), Ongar and the neighboring hills (Biagi, 2005; Biagi & Nisbet, 2011), and Jhimpir (Biagi & Nisbet, 2010; Biagi 2011; Ozcelik, Közem, & Kartal, 2011) in Lower Sindh and also in the artisan workshops of the metropolis of Mohenjo-daro (Bondioli, Tosi, & Vidale, 1984; Vidale, 2000; Vidale, Siviero, Sidoti, Guida, & Priori, 2013) has shown the fundamental role played by flint in the wider context...


Indus Civilization Thar Desert Limestone Quarrying Archaeological Area Mine RH862 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Asian and North African StudiesCa’ Foscari University – VeniceVeneziaItaly