The Archaeology of the Indian Subcontinent (ARC3117)

15 credits

The module outlines the archaeological record of the Indian subcontinent from the emergence of the Indus civilisation to the medieval empire of the South Indian Cholas. It will examine distinctive features of the Indus culture and track the rise of proto-historic urbanisation in the Gangetic plain and across the subcontinent and into Sri Lanka. The unifying character of the Mauryan Empire under Asoka and the spread of Buddhism define the Early Historic period. Cultural development will be examined through the material evidence of coinage, ceramics and metals.