Human Skeletal Assemblage from the Harappan Site of Farmana: A Bio-archaeological Analysis foreword by Prof. Subhash Walimbe
Author Mushrif-Tripathy, Veena & Vasant Shinde
Year 2019
Binding Hardback
Pages xiv+130p, pls, bib, ind, 29 cm.
ISBN10, ISBN13 8174792236, 9788174792235
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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.