- MA in Archaeology
- MA in Archaeology and Heritage of Asia
- MA in Archaeology of the Middle East
- MA in Archaeology of Egypt and the Near East
- MA in Artefact Studies
- MA in Comparative Art and Archaeology
- MA in Cultural Heritage Studies
- MA in Egyptian Archaeology
- MA in Managing Archaeological Sites
- MA in Mediterranean Archaeology
- MA in Museum Studies
- MA in Principles of Conservation
- MA in Public Archaeology
- MA in Research Methods for Archaeology
- MA in Urban Archaeology
- MSc in Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology
- MSc in Conservation for Archaeology and Museums
- MSc in Environmental Archaeology
- MSc in GIS and Spatial Analysis in Archaeology
- MSc in Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology
- MSc in the Technology and Analysis of Archaeological Materials
Miss Lisa Daniel
UCL Institute of Archaeology
31-34 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PY
+44 (0)20 7679 749
Cities, States and Religions in Ancient India
This course focuses on the ‘early-historic’ period of ancient India, from the appearance of monarchical states, urbanism, and new religious traditions during the mid’ first millennium BC to the later empires of the mid first millennium AD. However, the relationship with, and the transition from the preceding chalcolithic cultures will also be considered.
The course draws mainly on
archaeological sources, but also incorporating debates from related
disciplines, e.g., art-history, history, anthropology and religious studies.
Discussion of key economic, political and social developments in South Asia’s
ancient past will be situated within wider theoretical and methodological debates
in the discipline as a whole, such as: theories of states and empires; archaeology
of religion and religious change; landscape v. ‘site’ based methods; food and
the body; gender; pilgrimage studies; water and the environment; and the
politics of archaeology.
Aims of the course
- Provide an introduction to the archaeology and art of early historic India.
- Introduce students to a variety of sources including ceramics, sculpture, architecture, inscriptions, coins, environmental data, landscape survey data, and relevant texts.
- Examine key research themes including state formation, urbanisation and aspects of religious, economic and political history
- Situate regional material alongside a critical consideration of issues related to the theory and method of South Asian archaeology.
- Overview of the key phases and regional variation of the South Asian archaeological record during the early-historic period.
- Understand the key research issues and debates that drive current theoretical and analytical work in the region.
- Recognise key aspects of the material record under discussion during the course.
- Be able to assess the relevance of Western theoretical archaeological approaches to South Asian contexts.
- Be familiar with the history of archaeological research in the area and its impact on interpretative models.
- observation and critical reflection
- application of acquired knowledge
- oral presentation skills
10 x two-hour sessions comprising a combination of lectures (17 hours) and seminar-style discussion (3 hours).
- Code: ARCLG276
- Credits: 15
- Prerequisite: None
- Handbook: open»
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- Not running in 2015-16