Asian Section Curator Gregory Possehl Named Honorary Fellow of the Indian Archaeological Society

31 JANUARY 2005, PHILADELPHIA, PA—Dr. Gregory L. Possehl, Curator of the Asian section, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, was made an Honorary Fellow of the Indian Archaeology Society in recognition of his life-long contribution to India archaeology, especially the study of the enigmatic Harappan Civilization (2500-1900 B.C.). The award was confired at the Society's annual meeting held at the Rai Uma Nath Bali Auditorium in Lucknow, India, 28-31 December 2004.

Dr. Possehl began his work in Indian archaeology in 1964, and has been a regular participant in the discipline since that time. His research projects include the exploration of the Ghelo and Kalubhar Valleys in the state of Gujarat and the excavations of the Sorath Harappan sites of Oriyo Timbo, Babar Kot and Rojdi. The excavations at Rojdi, which were conducted over seven seasons, resulted in the definition of the Sorath Harappan as a distinct regional manifestation of the Harappan Civilization and advanced understanding of civilization's transformation, or “collapse,” at the beginning of the second millennium B.C.

Over his career, Dr. Possehl has authored numerous books and papers contributing to the understanding of the archaeology of the Indian Subcontinent. The Indian Archaeology Society recognized the special importance of the following works:

2003 The Indus Civilization: A Contemporary Perspective. Walnut Creek: Alta Mira Press. (This book was a 2003 winner of the Choice Magazine Award for Outstanding Academic Book.

1999 Indus Age: The beginnings. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

1989 Harappan Civilization and Rojdi. Delhi: Oxford & IBH and the American Institute of Indian Studies.

1996 Indus Age: The writing system. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

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