TITLE: The Great Tradition of Ancient South Asia: From Sanskrit Literature to the Archaeology of the Harappan/Indus Civilization
SPEAKER: Peter Eltsov
EVENT DATE: 2009/07/09
RUNNING TIME: 43 minutes
This lecture focuses on the puzzles of the earliest South Asian civilization -- the Harappan/Indus Civilization of the 3rd millennium BC -- from the point of view of ancient Indian thought. The main themes discussed in the lecture are: the use of ancient texts in the analysis of archaeological data, the historicity of ancient Indian literature, the sociopolitical identity of the Harappan culture, and ideological implications of the study of the past in modern South Asia.
Speaker Biography: Peter Eltsov is a 2008 Kluge Fellow from Freie Universitat in Berlin.