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Title: The chronological and cultural significance of a steatite wig from Harappa
Author(s): MEADOW, Richard H.
Journal: Iranica Antiqua
Volume: 37 Date: 2002
The nature of relationships between Bronze Age South Asia and regions to the west, including most particularly Western Asia but also Central Asia and Arabia, has been a topic of discourse since 1924 when Sir John Marshall first identified the existence of the Indus Civilization. There have been many reviews of the material evidence for such contacts combined with what perhaps can best be termed ‘informed speculation’ as to the nature of the exchanges that took place. As Lamberg-Karlovsky notes, however, ‘foreign items are exceedingly rare within the Indus communities’ (emphasis in the original). The purpose of this short contribution is to report on one find from recent excavations at Harappa (District Sahiwal, Punjab, Pakistan) that might be considered a ‘foreign item’ and to note the significance of this and related items to our understanding of relationships in this part of the ancient world at the beginning of the second millennium calBC.