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About the Book:
The present book is based on the human skeletal remains excavated from the Harappan
site of Farmana, Haryana. The Harappan civilization is well known in the entire
world for its urban nature and antiquities. The cemetery at Farmana has provided
evidence of thirty-five individuals which provides glimpses of its inhabitants.
Burials belong to three cultural levels ranging from 2600 to 2000 BCE of matured
Harappan phase. Most of the individuals are adults and belonging to male and
female categories. Very few children represented in the cemetery.
The book tries to understand the way of life of its resident and throw light
on their life. It shows that they were burying the dead with a lot of variations.
The studies also tried to compare the Farmana crania with crania from other
excavated sites from India and Pakistan. There is only one case of the trauma
noticed but it shows the healing process. Most of the pathologies are related
to old age and not much health issues were encountered by these individuals.
About the Authors:
Veena Mushrif-Tripathy is Assistant Professor of Physical Anthropology
at Deccan College Post-Graduate and Research Institute, Pune, India. She is
specialized in studying human skeletons excavated from an archaeological context.
Her area of interest is palaeopathology, the study of ancient disease. She has
worked on many skeletal assemblages from various parts of the country ranging
from Mesolithic to mediaeval times. She has been associated with many national
and international projects.
Prof. Vasant Shinde, Vice-Chancellor of Deccan
College, Post-Graduate and Research Institute, Deemed University, Pune is a
world-renowned archaeologist and one of the foremost scholars in South Asia.
He has been a pioneer in archaeological research since the last 39 years, specialising
in the Proto-history of South Asia as well as Field Archaeology. He has directed
a vast number of excavations around the country, from Harappan sites in Gujarat
and Haryana to Chalcolithic sites in Madhya Pradesh and the Deccan, to Proto-historic
and Early historic Sites in Rajasthan and Maharashtra. Presently, he has been
directing a very prestigious International Research project at the largest Harappan
site of Rakhigarhi in Haryana.