Historical Archaeology of South India|
Spring 2011 not offered
|Certificates: Environmental Studies, South Asian Studies|
This course applies the methods of historical archaeology to the investigation of life in South India between the 6th and 16th centuries. It introduces a variety of methods used to interpret different classes of material and textual data, including excavated and surface remains, standing architectural structures, coins and coin hoards, inscriptions, and contemporary written texts. The course is organized in six topical units, each building upon previous ones to provide a progressively refined understanding of South Indian society and its development over the millennia covered. We begin by considering the spatial articulation of culture, reading the classical Tamil poetry of the Sangam period to elucidate its "emic" typology of cultural landscapes. We then turn to a consideration of food, subsistence, and agricultural production in some of these landscapes, focusing in particular on the different spectra of cultigens and strategies of irrigation and water control associated with wet, dry, and wet-cum-dry forms of agriculture. From agriculture, we turn to the subject of economy and exchange and examine what the physical evidence provided by coins can tell us about the nature of the premodern economy and its changing patterns of development in the region. The fourth unit addresses social inequality, power, and the archaeology of political landscapes, with some focus on the various models (bureaucratic, feudal, segmentary, and patrimonial) that have been applied to understanding the "medieval" Indian state. In the fifth unit, we consider religion, ritual, and ideology, with special attention to the role of built space (both urban and architectural) in legitimating the political order. In the sixth and final unit, we consider the expansion of Islamic culture into the peninsula and the varied forms of cultural interaction that ensued.
Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
Interpretation: introduces various methods for interpreting material and textual data.
Intercultural Literacy: Introduces cultural values and practices of medieval South India.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ARCP-MN)(ARCP)(ARHA-MN)(ARHA)(ARST)(ENVS-MN)(ENVS)(GSAS-MN)(SAST-MN)
T.R.Trautmann and C.M.Sinopoli, ┐IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD: EXCAVATING THE RELATIONS BETWEEN HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY IN SOUTH ASIA┐
A.K. Ramanujan, tr. POEMS OF LOVE AND WAR FROM THE EIGHT ANTHOLOGIES AND THE TEN LONG POEMS OF CLASSICAL TAMIL
K.D. Morrison, FIELDS OF VICTORY: VIJAYANAGARA AND THE COURSE OF INTENSIFICATION
C.M.Sinopoli, THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF CRAFT PRODUCTION: CRAFTING EMPIRE IN SOUTH INDIA, C. 1350-1650
J.M.Fritz and G.Michell, eds. NEW LIGHT ON HAMPI: RECENT RESEARCH AT VIJAYANAGARA
A. Burnett, INTERPRETING THE PAST: COINS
J.S.Deyell, ┐COIN HOARDS ANALYSIS IN THE SOUTH ASIAN CONTEXT┐
P.L.Gupta, COIN HOARDS FROM MAHARASHTRA
Richard Salomon, INDIAN EPIGRAPHY
M.S.Mate and T.V.Pathy, Daulatabad: A REPORT ON THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL INVESTIGATIONS
R.M.Eaton, TEMPLE DESECRATION AND MUSLIM STATES IN MEDIEVAL INDIA
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Two short papers, quiz, mid-term and final exams, regular participation in class discussions.
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