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dc.contributor.authorNeogi, S
dc.contributor.authorFrench, CAI
dc.contributor.authorDurcan, JA
dc.contributor.authorSingh, RN
dc.contributor.authorPetrie, CA
dc.date.accessioned2019-10-30T00:30:29Z
dc.date.available2019-10-30T00:30:29Z
dc.date.issued2020
dc.identifier.issn0033-5894
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/298191
dc.description.abstract<jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>This article presents a geomorphological and micromorphological study of the locational context of four Indus civilisation archaeological sites—Alamgirpur, Masudpur I and VII, and Burj—all situated on the Sutlej-Yamuna interfluve in northwest India. The analysis indicates a strong correlation between settlement foundation and particular landscape positions on an extensive alluvial floodplain. Each of the analysed sites was located on sandy levees and/or riverbank deposits associated with former channels. These landscape positions would have situated settlements above the level of seasonal floodwater resulting from the Indian summer monsoon. In addition, the sandy soils on the margins of these elevated landscape positions would have been seasonally replenished with water, silt, clay, and fine organic matter, considerably enhancing their capacity for water retention and fertility and making them particularly suitable for agriculture. These former landscapes are obscured by recent modification and extensive agricultural practices. These geoarchaeological evaluations indicate that there is a hidden landscape context for each Indus settlement. This specific type of interaction between humans and their local context is an important aspect of Indus cultural adaptations to diverse, variable, and changing environments.</jats:p>
dc.description.sponsorshipUKIERI
dc.publisherCambridge University Press (CUP)
dc.rightsAll rights reserved
dc.titleGeoarchaeological insights into the location of Indus settlements on the plains of northwest India
dc.typeArticle
prism.endingPage155
prism.publicationDate2020
prism.publicationNameQuaternary Research (United States)
prism.startingPage137
prism.volume94
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.45244
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1017/qua.2019.70
rioxxterms.versionAM
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://www.rioxx.net/licenses/all-rights-reserved
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2020-03-01
dc.contributor.orcidFrench, Charles [0000-0001-7967-3248]
dc.contributor.orcidPetrie, Cameron [0000-0002-2926-7230]
dc.identifier.eissn1096-0287
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review
pubs.funder-project-idBritish Academy (PM120008)
pubs.funder-project-idBritish Council in India (IND/CONT/06-07/172E)
pubs.funder-project-idEuropean Research Council (648609)
pubs.funder-project-idBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BB/P027970/1)
cam.issuedOnline2019-12-20
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rioxxterms.freetoread.startdate2020-06-20


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