lecture 21 - Lecture 18 11/21 1. Collapse of civilization...

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Lecture 18 – 11/21 1. Collapse of civilization in Asia a) what happened? Total destruction and disintegration reorganization environmental (weak argument) internal societal conflict (weak argument) warfare – Aryans? Economic epidemics – no evidence from graves the actions of charismatic individuals ideology natural disasters no evidence of a Pompei-like disaster 2. Major themes in the study of Indus civilization a) the origins b) political organization: state, chiefdom? c) Caste system d) economics: graineries? e) Religion: the great bath, wells, seals, etc. f) language and ethnicity: Davidian, Munda, Multiethnic, Multiligual g) writing 3. Mature Harappan Pottery a) very unique shapes b) evidence that they put a lot of effort into making their pottery 4. ***Remember the beads and how they make them*** a) Carnelian beads took weeks to shape the stone into beads then they 'fired' the beads – it was not a 'pretty' bead unless it had been fired. ..they are
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course SOC-ANAL 50 taught by Professor Lamberg-karlovsky during the Fall '06 term at Harvard.

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lecture 21 - Lecture 18 11/21 1. Collapse of civilization...

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