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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Allchin, F. Raymond (Frank Raymond), 1923-2010
Origins of a civilization: the prehistory and early archaeology of South Asia
Published By: Original publisher
New Delhi: Viking. 1997. xxii, 287 p. ill., maps
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
Bridget and Raymond Allchin
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2016. Computer File
Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis.
Mature Indus (AQ45)
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Culture summary (105);
Topography and geology (133);
Acculturation and culture contact (177);
Production and supply (433);
Internal trade (438);
External trade (439);
Inter-ethnic relations (629);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This document is an overview of the prehistory of the Indian subcontinent from the Lower Paleolithic to the Early Historic period at about 1900 BP; although only portions pertaining to the Mature Indus are relevant to this collection, it will prove useful to readers with a general interest in the Indus Neolithic through Vedic traditions. The authors, long active in research in the subcontinent, specifically mention fieldwork in 1963 in caves in Afghanistan, in 1972 at Budha Pushkar, and in 1975 in the Rohri Hills. The focus is on data from archaeological studies, including information on the natural environment, agriculture and economy, and about the multiethnic and probably poly-linguistic cities of the Mature Indus tradition. [Analyst note: There are frequent typos in the electronic text, such as "m" in place of "th."]
Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents
Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits.
Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs.
Language: Language that the document is written in
Includes bibliographical references (p. 263-275) and index
Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document
1963, 1972, 1975
Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data
Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection.
Sarah Berry; 2015
Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date).
Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site)
India and Pakistan
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Indus civilization//South Asia--Civilization