Iron and Glass: Reconstructing (Overlapping) Technologies in Early South India


Recent survey fieldwork undertaken as part of the ongoing project, Production Landscapes of Southern Andhra Pradesh (PLoSAP), has revealed a complex material landscape. The scale and variety of the remains seem to indicate that various technologies – and especially pyro-technologies – were consistently present in this area, while the spatial distribution of the remains suggests that these technologies were differentially distributed across the survey areas. A more detailed analysis of the production debris highlights the challenges in correlating technical processes with the recovered artifacts. Technologies such as iron production and glass-working engage with similar high-heat techniques and therefore result in overlapping material assemblages, both in the production apparatus and in the waste produced. Being able to distinguish between potentially closely related production practices is fundamental to delineating the crafting communities that populated the landscape of early South India, and therefore to understanding the relationships that may have existed between them.

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Iron and Glass: Reconstructing (Overlapping) Technologies in Early South India. Praveena Gullapalli, Shinu Anna Abraham, K.P. Rao. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397713)

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Geographic Keywords
South Asia

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