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[Publication] Archaeological and anthropological studies on the Harappan cemetery of Rakhigarhi, India

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Our paper "Archaeological and anthropological studies on the Harappan cemetery of Rakhigarhi, India" is published in PLOS ONE
An insufficient number of archaeological surveys has been carried out to date on Harappan Civilization cemeteries. One case in point is the necropolis at Rakhigarhi site (Haryana, India), one of the largest cities of the Harappan Civilization, where most burials within the cemetery remained uninvestigated. Over the course of the past three seasons (2013 to 2016), we therefore conducted excavations in an attempt to remedy this data shortfall. In brief, we found different kinds of graves co-existing within the Rakhigarhi cemetery in varying proportions. Primary interment was most common, followed by the use of secondary, symbolic, and unused (empty) graves. Within the first category, the atypical burials appear to have been elaborately prepared. Prone-positioned internments also attracted our attention. Since those individuals are not likely to have …

[National Geographic News] Reports Our Study of Rakhigarhi

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National Geographic News: Ancient Indus Valley Civilization Cemetery Unearthed in India
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Our study of Rakhigarhi site, India is reported by National Geographic News. Excerpt:


February 21, 2018 - Archaeologists unearthed skeletons and pottery in an ancient cemetery near Haryana, India. The burial ground is believed to have belonged to the Indus Valley civilization, a Bronze Age civilization that once spanned an area greater than ancient Egypt. The site is located at Rakhigarhi, one of the largest cities of the Indus civilization. 46 partial and complete skeletons were found—some buried on beds of pottery, possibly denoting high-ranking members of the society. Researchers are hoping to DNA test the remains to confirm their origin-.

Please see the details in https://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/news/180221-ancient-indus-civilization-cemetery-unearthed-india-vin-spd?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Social&utm_content=l…

Research: Anthropological Examination of Rakhigarhi Skeletons (Lee HJ)

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Anthropologist of my lab, Lee HJ visited Deccan College Deemed University, India, and did anthropological examinations on the skeletons from Rakhigarhi cemetery, along with Ms. Pranjali Waghmare and Dr. Kim YJ (Jan 27-Feb 5, 2018). Thanks for your help once again, my friends in India!!!