This book explains how the early historic archaeological record of Punjab was put to use in the process of identity formation in the colonial and postcolonial periods. It focuses on the archaeological material with an eye towards how it was shaped by ancient identities.
Introduction Part I: History 2. From Antiquarianism to Scientific Antiquarianism 3. Archaeology Part II: Theory And Method 5. Contemporary Theory and the Archaeology of Religion Part III: Practice 7. Minting Identity and Hegemony 8. Dicing and Oracular Gambling at Sirkap 9. The Archive at Sanghol 10. Conclusion: A Brief Look Ahead
This Series, in association with the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, reflects on the complex relationship between religion and society through new perspectives and advances in archaeology. It looks at this critical interface to provide alternative understandings of communities, beliefs, cultural systems, sacred sites, ritual practices, food habits, dietary modifications, power, and agents of political legitimisation. The books in the Series underline the importance of archaeological evidence in the production of knowledge of the past. They also emphasise that a systematic study of religion requires engagement with a diverse range of sources such as inscriptions, iconography, numismatics and architectural remains.