Abstract to Annual Meeting of Society for American Archaeology in 2018

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Session Type: Symposium
Session Topic: Southeast and South Asian Archaeology
Presentation Time: 4/12/2018 11:00 AM

Abstract accepted for 83rd Annual Meeting of Society for American Archaeology - Washington, DC April 11–April 15, 2018

Harappan Necropolis of Rakhigarhi, India: Archaeology and Bioanthropology

Yong Jun Kim 1, Nilesh Jadhav 2, Eun Jin Woo 3, Dong Hoon Shin 1 and Vasant Shinde 2

1. Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea
2. Dept of Archaeology, Deccan College PGRI, Pune, India
3. Dept of Oral Biology, Yonsei Univ, Seoul, South Korea

The number of Harappan cemeteries so far systematically surveyed is far less than that of contemporary settlements. Necropolis site at Rakhigarhi (India) was reported earlier but in small scale investigation. Our investigation for the last three seasons (2013 to 2016) was thus designed for improving this lacuna. We first classified each burial and analyzed statistically. The Harappan people practiced rather humble burial custom, but few were found differently and these burials look more socio-economically affordable than those found in typical burials. The health condition during life-time of the buried looks healthy according to bioanthropological investigation. Prone positioned burial is interesting since it was not as deviant cases. Rather, they would have held relatively higher social and ritual position in Rakhigarhi society according to anthropological and archaeological context. Collaborative work was designed for better investigation on the Harappan people’s life and mortuary customs. We have applied to systematic osteoarchaeological field methods, bioanthropological lab-analysis and other innovative methods. 

This research was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education (2017R1D1A1B03030127) and National Geographic Foundation for Science and Exploration – Asia (Asia-21-15)

DHS (cuteminjae@gmail.com) or VS (vshinde.dc@gmail.com) for any questions.