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Cultural Change in Funerary Practices from Harappan to Post-Harappan Phases in Proto-Historic India

Author(s): Nazim Jafri

Year: 2017

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Various archaeological sites in the Indian subcontinent namely, Harappa, Kalibangan, Surkotada, Lothal, Daimabad, Bhagwanpura, Navadatoli and Nevasa have been identified as settlements dated to roughly 3000 to 1000 BC. These archaeological sites present evidences of urn burials, which have generally been overlooked in favor of extended burials and cremations, not unlike contemporary funerary practices. In this paper, I examine the distribution pattern of burials and cremations at the above sites, to shed light on cultural changes with respect to funerary practices in proto-historic India. The results suggest a dramatic cultural change in the practice of burials from the north Indian sites to the cremations on the sites in central and Eastern India. This suggests the Harappan Civilization was confined to the northern Indian continent, and its extension towards central and southern India was Post-Harappan expansion with remarkable cultural or religious change.


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Cultural Change in Funerary Practices from Harappan to Post-Harappan Phases in Proto-Historic India. Nazim Jafri. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430683)


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South Asia


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min long: 59.678; min lat: 4.916 ; max long: 92.197; max lat: 37.3 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 14442

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America