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Environmental Issues in India by Mahesh Rangarajan

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CLIMATE, A FACTOR IN THE RISE AND FALL OF THE INDUS CIVILIZATION: EVIDENCE FROM RAJASTHAN AND BEYOND

V.N. Misra

About 50 years ago, Sir Aurel Stein (1931) and Sir John Marshall (1931), on the basis of their evaluation of the multiple archaeological evidence from Baluchistan and Sind, proposed that climate in the these regions during the Indus Civilization period was more wet than it is at present. This theory was accepted and supported by archaeologists like Stuart Piggott (1950) and Mortimer Wheeler (1953), and it held unquestioned sway for three decades. Then in the 1950s, American archaeologists began taking an interest in the archaeology of the Indus Valley and neighbouring regions, and they brought the anthropological approach to bear ...

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