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Seller: ancientgifts (4,671) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 123733940400 “A Peaceful Realm: The Rise and Fall of the Indus Civilization” by Jane McIntosh. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Hardcover with dustjacket. Publisher: Westview (2002). Pages: 224. Size: 10½ x 9¼ x 1 inch; 2 pounds. Summary: An outstandingly vivid recreation of one of the world's great yet all-but-lost ancient civilizations. . Some 5000 years ago, civilized societies emerged in the valleys of four great rivers: the Nile, the Euphrates, the Yellow, and the Indus. Of these primary Old World civilizations, that of the Indus remains the least known and the most enigmatic, though, paradoxically, it has left perhaps the most lasting influence on the societies that followed it. In this lucid account - abundantly illustrated with maps and photographs, including sixteen pages in full color - archaeologist Jane McIntosh addresses what we know about the rise and fall of the civilization of the Indus and Saraswati valleys, what it might be reasonable to speculate, and what we still hope to learn. While drawing on archaeological and linguistic evidence to create a portrait of the civilization from the inside, McIntosh also carefully pieces together a wider picture of the Indus civilization using evidence from its trading partners in Mesopotamia, the Persian Gulf, the Indian subcontinent, and Southwest Asia. The result is an outstandingly vivid recreation of one of the world's great but all-but-lost ancient civilizations. CONDITION: NEW. NEW oversized ("coffee table" size) hardcover with dustjacket. Westview (2002) 224 pages. Unblemished and pristine in every respect. Pages are clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously unread. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! #8670a. PLEASE SEE DESCRIPTIONS AND IMAGES BELOW FOR DETAILED REVIEWS AND FOR PAGES OF PICTURES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEWS: REVIEW: Beginning some 5,000 years ago, civilized societies emerged along the banks of four great river systems across the Ancient World: the Nile, the Tigris and Euphrates, the Yellow, and the Indus. Of these, the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, and China are well known to scholars and to history and archaeology enthusiasts everywhere. But in the broad valleys of the Indus and the now-vanished Saraswati rivers in Pakistan and India arose a once-preeminent civilization that is now but little known. Older than any but the Mesopotamian, the Indus Civilization endured longer and extended farther than any of its Ancient World counterparts. It has left perhaps the most lasting influence on the societies that followed in its place. But, paradoxically, it remains the most enigmatic of primary civilizations. The reasons for our clouded knowledge are not hard to find. The Indus Civilization was first recognized only in the 1920’s, but was quickly overshadowed by the spectacular treasures of King Tutankhamun and the Royal Tombs of Ur. And unlike the writing systems of other early civilizations, the Indus Script has resisted all attempts at decipherment. In a lucid account, abundantly illustrated with maps and photographs (including many color plates), archaeologist Jane McIntosh forthrightly addresses what we know about the rise and fall of the Indus Civilization, what might be reasonable to speculate, and what we can still hope to learn. She relies on a growing body of archaeological and linguistic evidence to draw a portrait of Indus Society from the inside, while also brilliantly piecing together a wider picture of the Indus Civilization with information gleaned from its trading partners in Mesopotamia, the Persian Gulf, the Indian subcontinent, and Southwest Asia. Writing with unusual elegance, McIntosh vividly recreates one of the world’s great, yet all-but-lost, ancient civilizations, one whose vibrant culture continues to resonate in modern India. REVIEW: The Indus Valley Civilization was a Bronze Age civilization (3300–1300 BCE; mature period 2600–1900 BCE) mainly in the northwestern regions of South Asia, extending from what today is northeast Afghanistan to Pakistan and northwest India. Along with ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia it was one of three early civilizations of the Ancient World, and of the three, the most widespread. It flourished in the basins of the Indus River, which flows through the length of Pakistan, and along a system of perennial, mostly monsoon-fed, rivers that once coursed in the vicinity of the seasonal Ghaggar-Hakra river in northwest India and eastern Pakistan. Aridification of this region during the 3rd millennium BCE may have been the initial spur for the urbanization associated with the civilization, but eventually also reduced the water supply enough to cause the civilization's demise, and to scatter its population eastward. At its peak, the Indus Civilization may have had a population of over five million people. Inhabitants of the ancient Indus river valley developed new techniques in handicraft (carnelian products, seal carving) and metallurgy (copper, bronze, lead, and tin). The Indus cities are noted for their urban planning, baked brick houses, elaborate drainage systems, water supply systems, and clusters of large non-residential buildings. The Indus Valley Civilization is also known as the Harappan Civilization, after Harappa, the first of its sites to be excavated in the 1920s, in what was then the Punjab province of British India, and now is Pakistan. The discovery of Harappa, and soon afterwards, Mohenjo-Daro, was the culmination of work beginning in 1861 with the founding of the Archaeological Survey of India in the British Raj. Excavation of Harappan sites has been ongoing since 1920, with important breakthroughs occurring as recently as 1999. There were earlier and later cultures, often called Early Harappan and Late Harappan, in the same area of the Harappan Civilization. The Harappan civilization is sometimes called the Mature Harappan culture to distinguish it from these cultures. As of 1999, over 1,056 cities and settlements had been found, of which 96 have been excavated, mainly in the general region of the Indus and Ghaggar-Hakra Rivers and their tributaries. Among the settlements were the major urban centers of Harappa, Mohenjo-daro (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Ganeriwala in modern-day Pakistan; and Dholavira and Rakhigarhi in present-day India. The Harappan language is not directly attested and its affiliation is uncertain since the Indus script is still undeciphered. A relationship with the Dravidian or Elamo-Dravidian language family is favored by a section of scholars. REVIEW: Going back to 2600 BCE, McIntosh investigates a civilization that flourished over half a millennium, until 1900 BCE, when it mysteriously declined and eventually vanished. Only in the 1920s, did British and Indian archaeologists in search of Alexander stumble upon the ruins of a civilization in what is now northwest India and eastern Pakistan. Robinson surveys a network of settlements - more than 1,000 - that covered over 800,000 square kilometers. He examines the technically advanced features of some of the civilization’s ancient cities, such as Harappa and Mohenjo-daro, where archaeologists have found finely crafted gemstone jewelry, an exquisite part-pictographic writing system (still requiring decipherment), apparently Hindu symbolism, plumbing systems that would not be bettered until the Roman Empire, and street planning worthy of our modern world. She also notes what is missing: any evidence of warfare, notwithstanding an adventurous maritime trade between the Indus cities and Mesopotamia via the Persian Gulf. REVIEW: When Alexander the Great invaded the Indus Valley in the fourth century BCE, he was completely unaware that it had once been the center of a civilization that could have challenged ancient Egypt and neighboring Mesopotamia in size and sophistication. In this accessible introduction, McIntosh tells the story – so far as we know it - of this enigmatic people, who lay forgotten for around 4,000 years. REVIEW: A broad account of the Indus civilization that developed within the Indus Valley from c.4000 BC. McIntosh ably discusses the rise and fall of the civilization and its main features including farmers and the rural economy, crafts, urbanism, religion, society, the Indus script, trade and the legacy that was left behind. REVIEW: A fascinating look at a tantalizingly “lost” civilization, this book is a testament to its artistic excellence, technological progress, economic vigor, and social tolerance, not to mention the Indus legacy to modern South Asia and the wider world.; REVIEW: Traces the rise and fall of the Indus Civilization which was found along the Indus River and now-vanished Sarawati rivers in Pakistan and India more than five REVIEW: Dr. Jane McIntosh has a Ph.D. in Indian archaeology from Cambridge University. She worked in field archaeology and teaching until becoming a full-time writer in 1997. She has published eight books, including the award-winning “Practical Archaeologist: How We Know What We Know About the Past”. Dr. Mcintosh is also author of “A Peaceful Realm The Rise and Fall of the Indus Civilization”, “The Ancient Indus Valley: New Perspectives”, and is currently researching contacts between Indus and Mesopotamian civilizations. REVIEW: Jane McIntoshis a professional writer on prehistory and archaeology. She holds a degree in European prehistory and a Ph.D. in Indian archaeology from Cambridge University. Widely traveled, she has worked on many excavations in Britain and abroad. She is the author of “The Practical Archaeologist”, “Eyewitness Archaeology”, and “Ten Thousand Years of Ancient History” (with Clint Twist). She now lives in the west of England. TABLE OF CONTENTS: Introduction. 1. Lost Civilizations. 2. Before the Indus Civilization. 3. Farmers of the Indus. 4. Crafts of the Indus. 5. The Urban Revolution. 6. Indus Religion. 7. Indus Society. 8. The Enigmatic Indus Script. 9. Trade and Local and International Relations. 10. A Peaceful Realm? 11. The End of the Indus Civilization. 12. The Legacy of the Indus Civilization. 13. Civilization. Bibliography. Illustration Credits. Index. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: At last! A highly readable and accessible account of that most mysterious of ancient civilizations, one that is not only meticulous, accurate and up-to-date about what is known, but also refreshingly honest about what is not - the gaps in our knowledge that have not yet been filled or are unlikely ever to be resolved. A remarkable achievement. [Paul G. Bahn, Editior of “The Cambridge Illustrated History of Archaeology”]. REVIEW: McIntosh provides us with a balanced account of the Indus civilization, which places this most enigmatic of early civilizations in a broader historical context. Her clearly written and engaging book highlights many unanswered questions about the shadowy Indus people and stresses the importance of their cultural legacy for later Indian civilization. Anyone interested in ancient civilizations will find this an engrossing and important synthesis. [Brian Fagan, Professor of Anthropology, University of California at Santa Barbara]. REVIEW: A specialist in South Asian archaeology with successful archaeological textbooks to her credit, Jane McIntosh is well-prepared to author a comprehensive new account of the enigmatic Indus Civilization. The data are presented with much interesting detail and reconsidered in a worldwide perspective. Clear style and balanced judgment combined with a sense of relevance make this reassessment of the current state of research an easily read and fascinating introduction to the subject. [Asko Parpola, Professor of Indology, University of Helsinki]. REVIEW: Though it is certainly possible to disagree with the author on many issues in a field underscored with uncertainties and a paucity of research, this excellently written volume provides general readers with a valuable introduction to the Indus civilization. [Dilip K. Chakrabarti, Lecturer in South Asian Archaeology, University of Cambridge]. REVIEW: An informed, lucid, and imaginative rendering of one of the major, and least known, ancient civilizations. [C.C. Lamberg-Karlovsky, Professor of Archaeology, Harvard University]. REVIEW: Jane McIntosh brings me up to date on recent archaeological discoveries and provides a more comprehensive account of what is known and surmised about the Indus Civilization that I have before encountered. “A Peaceful Realm” fills a gap in my understanding, and I am grateful to her. [William H. McNeill, Professor of History, University of Chicago]. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: I bought this book along with two others to get a better understanding of the Mature Harappan civilization of the Indus valley. Professor McIntosh provides a thorough interpretation of the evidence of archaeological excavations, and uses the society and customs of later India to support some of her conclusions on the various aspects of the Harappan civilization. The following is a summary of the contents of the each chapter: INTRODUCTION - An overview of the development of the 4 Bronze Age civilizations of the Indus, Egypt, Mesopotamia, and China with a useful comparative time-line summary of each. 1: LOST CIVILIZATIONS - An overview of the archaeological discoveries relating to the Indus civilization, and a review of the most significant theories put forward by eminent scholars of the past. 2: BEFORE INDUS CIVILIZATION - A brief review of the evidence of the earliest inhabitants of the Indian subcontinent, the discoveries at Mehrgarh and the evidence for the development of agriculture. 3: FARMERS OF THE INDUS - A discussion on the development of the Harappan civilization in the Indus valley, the pastoralists, the farmers, the fishermen, the cultivation of new crops, and the lost Sarasvati river. 4: CRAFTS OF THE INDUS - a review of the specialized crafts - pottery, flint knappers, metal workers, brick makers, shell workers, bead makers, seal makers, ivory carvers, woodworking, textiles - the techniques used, the standardization of some products, and the organization of craft activities. 5: THE URBAN REVOLUTION - the villages, towns, and cities of the Indus civilization, a description of the public buildings, the citadels, the houses of major sites - Mohenjo Daro, Harappa, Dholavira, Lothal - and comparison with those of historical times. 6: INDUS RELIGION - a review of possible items of religious importance such as the Great Bath at Mohenjo Daro, the importance of water, the significance of the trefoil symbol, the fire altars, sacred images, figurines, funerary rites etc., with a discussion of various theories and the case for religious continuity with that of historical times. 7: INDUS SOCIETY - a proposal for the organization of the Indus civilization, its rulers, the possible beginnings of the caste system, the possible use of bangles and seals as indicators of rank and membership in clans, cities, and professions. 8: THE ENIGMATIC INDUS SCRIPT - the nature of the scripts found so far, the case for a Dravidian language, the current methods used to decipher unknown languages ,and the attempts (thus far unsuccessful) to "crack the code". 9: TRADE AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS - the references to trade between Mesopotamia and "Meluhha", the evidence for trade in raw materials such as copper, tin, gold, silver, and artifacts such as carnelian beads, weights, and a discussion on the impact of the movement of Mesopotamian trade towards Anatolia. 10: A PEACEFUL REALM - a discussion on the lack of evidence of warfare - (no swords, maces, battle axes, catapults, and other military equipment has been found) , in distinct contrast to contemporary civilizations. 11: THE END OF THE INDUS CIVILIZATION - a review and analysis of the possible causes for the end of the civilization. 12: THE LEGACY OF THE INDUS CIVILIZATION - a review of aspects of the Indus civilization which seem to have influenced Indian cultures in later times. 13: CIVILIZATION - discussion on the factors underlying the emergence of civilization and the present's debt to the past. I very much enjoyed reading this book. It is well illustrated, the style and content of the maps are very helpful, and the color plates representative and interesting. Considering that there is only minimal evidence on the culture of the Harappan civilization, most interpretation must be based on circumstantial evidence and possible parallels in historical times. The author's conclusions on religion, the language of the scripts, and the causes of the decline of the civilization are convincing, and well balanced between views based on "articles of faith" and those based on " the facts on the ground". I think that book is very complementary to "Understanding Harappa" by Shereen Ratnagar which I found easier to follow with respect to the discussion on the context, the review of the most significant sites, their artifacts, and their geographical setting. "The Peaceful Realm", however, has a considerably greater and wider ranging analysis of the culture of the civilization. Both authors are very fair in their consideration of the many differing views concerning the antecedents, the nature, and the legacy of the Indus civilization, and I recommend both books to readers who wish to obtain a greater knowledge of this civilization based upon an objective analysis of the available evidence. The website also provides many interesting essays and beautiful photographs on the Harappan sites and aspects of the Harappan civilization. REVIEW: "A Peaceful Realm" by Jane McIntosh is an excellent introduction to the Indus Valley Civilization, a mysterious high culture that flourished 4000 years ago in the northwestern part of the Indian sub-continent. The author summarizes what I take to be the current scholarly thinking about the Indus culture. The book is intended for the general reader, but it's written from an archeological perspective. Nonetheless it's very informative and fascinating, and the archeological perspective is, of course, inevitable. Since most written records of the Indus Valley Civilization have been lost, and those that remain are undeciphered, most of what we can know about this ancient culture is due to archeological excavations. There are at least three things that make the Indus culture mysterious. First, it was a highly developed civilization with large cities (the largest had perhaps 100,000 inhabitants), a uniform culture, and a well-developed division of labor, including vast trade networks. This suggests some kind of empire with a large and efficient state administration. Yet, nobody has been able to find the rulers of the Indus people! There are no royal palaces, no cult statues of kings, and all burials were relatively simple. Also, all people seem to have been well-nourished, suggesting the non-existence of an underclass. This has led some daring people to suggest that the Indus civilization was relatively egalitarian, making it a curious anomaly among high cultures. McIntosh doesn't go that far. She believes that a ruling class did exist, and suggests other reasons for why it remains invisible in the archeological record. Perhaps the rulers were a caste of ascetic priests, whose ruling function was marked precisely by the absence of any worldy goods? The Indus peoples may also have showed their rank in ways we don't comprehend today. Studies of burials and sculptures suggest that jewelry or bracelets may have been used to denote rank, and seals with different animal motifs may have been caste symbols. Curiously for a culture ruled by priests, there are no temples either! At Mohenjo-Daro, a large structure known as the Great Bath have been uncovered, which may have been a kind of sanctuary for ritual purification, but this remains an educated guess. Second, the Indus Valley culture was completely peaceful, and this peace seems to have lasted for at least 700 years, maybe more! This too is almost unique among high cultures, and indeed among "primitive" cultures as well. The towns of the Indus peoples did have large walls, but they were not defensive, but built mostly to impress, and perhaps to make sure that merchants moving in and out of the towns paid the proper duties and dues. There is no evidence that the walls were ever attacked or destroyed by foreign armies. Nor are there any remains of a developed military technology, no siege engines for instance, and the weapons found were probably used for hunting. That a hierarchical, priest-ridden empire could be peaceful is counter-intuitive, and sounds almost to good to be true, but this is what the archeological record suggests. Nor was the Indus Valley Civilization brutally destroyed by invading Indo-Aryans, as once assumed. It seems that the civilization broke down for other reasons, including ecological disasters and a shift in agriculture, which eventually turned the once prosperous cities into backwater slums, eventually forcing the inhabitants to abandon them. The third mystery of this culture is the Indus script, which nobody has been able to decipher (yet). McIntosh is confident that the script records an agglutinative language, which in an Indian context would mean a Dravidian language. Other linguistic evidence also suggests that the Dravidians settled in India before the Indo-Aryans, making the Indus culture the obvious candidate for a Dravidian culture. One fact not mentioned by the author is that genetic evidence confirms that Dravidians came to India earlier than the Indo-Europeans. The claim that the Indus Valley Civilization was Dravidian is controversial, especially in modern India, where various nationalist groups among both Dravidians and Indo-Aryans try to claim the Indus peoples for themselves. In America, there are Black groups which claim that the Indus peoples were Africans (the aboriginal peoples of India may have been related to Negritos, Papuans and Australian Aborigines). Still, the case for the Indus-Saraswati cultures being Dravidian seems rock-solid. It also seems as if later Indian religion ("Hinduism") is a mixture of Indus and Aryan elements. While the religion of the Indus culture is difficult to interpret in the absence of written records, it seemed to include worship of cows or buffalo, mother goddesses, the cult of Shiva or Durga, yoga, ritual purification through water, stellar worship based on astronomical observations, and perhaps even fire altars. When the Aryans entered the Indian sub-continent, they took with them their own gods, such as Indra or Vishnu, other kinds of rituals, and eventually wrote the Vedic scriptures. Together, these strands united to form Hinduism as practiced today. Of course, the Indus Valley Civilization raises a lot of philosophical questions. How can a hierarchical society be benign and peaceful? How can a ruling class refrain from show off its wealth or power? Was there even a ruling class? And if not, how did these peoples get along so well together (perhaps precisely because of that?). McIntosh doesn't answer these questions. They are left for the reader to ponder... REVIEW: I reread this book recently. I was dazzled when I read it a few years ago. The most important impression it left was that the ancient Indus/Saraswati Civilization was not only civilized but peaceful. No convincing evidence had been found as of 2002 that there had been the kind of inequality and violence associated with other great civilizations. No evidence has been found of an aggrandized ruling class supported by armed force. There is no evidence of wars of conquest to enlarge and enrich the elite. It appeared to be a very widespread and prosperous culture without those features. It was apparently administered by Priests who built temples but not palaces. When I mentioned this at the time at a meeting of the local Archaeology Society, the expert speaker dismissed my question with "conclusions can't be made at this stage from what has not been found". Well, time has passed, much more digging has been done and the major conclusion that has been drawn is that the so called Aryan invasion never happened. There was plenty of population movement and extensive trade, but no invasion. The Indus/ Saraswati Civilization also seems to be much older than previously supposed and was not only peaceful, but the common people shared in its prosperity. In fact, according to Feuerstein, Kak & Frawley (“In Search of the Cradle of Civilization”), it was just as influential as the ancient civilizations of the Middle East. While the script has not been deciphered, the custom of having a whole class of people devoted to memorizing and preserving the Vedic literature intact from ancient times, seems to have given us a more ancient record than even the Bible. While I recommend both books highly, the breathtaking illustrations in “A Peaceful Realm” make it my first choice. REVIEW: I am glad to read this book, which is produced very aesthetically with stunning color and black and white photographs. The book forms a suitable companion to Kenoyer's "Cities of the Indus Civilization". It contains neatly divided sections and chapters on various topics (e.g. pottery, textiles, metallurgy, town planning). It does not confine itself to just a dry description of artifacts and excavated towns - the discussion is skillfully supplemented by insights from cultural and social anthropology and other tools of theoretical archaeology. The author does a commendable job in showing the survival of the vital traits of the civilization down to our present times in India and Pakistan - whether it is house-planning, village carts, ladles and conches for pouring oblations in sacred ritual fire and so on. With the current academic climate being vitiated by bitter disputes over the nature of this civilization, the author manages to steer clear of the controversies, and manages to give a very consistent, accurate, insightful account that is quite understandable to the lay reader. The author is a practicing archaeologist, with excavation experience in India and Pakistan. It is hoped that she will continue writing on the Indus Civilization in the years to come. REVIEW: The overused adjective "mysterious" certainly applies to the ancient Indus Valley civilization, because far less is known about these people than about other ancient civilizations such as Egypt and Mesopotamia. Much basic excavation work remains to be done, and the Indus Valley script remains undeciphered. Author Jane McIntosh meets this challenge by combining the best of current scholarship with her own wide-ranging and thoughtful analysis, to produce an appropriately tentative, yet consistent and plausible, view of the Indus civilization. In the author's own words, "it was an exceptionally well integrated state, in harmony with its environment, where warfare was absent and everyone led a comfortable existence under the benevolent leadership of a dedicated priesthood." These conclusions are developed step-by-step throughout the book, with chapters on the rise and fall of the Indus civilization, farming, crafts, urbanization, religion, society, writing, trade, and contributions to the later civilization of India. The writing throughout is clear, understandable, and objective. The author includes and evaluates an impressive variety of types of evidence, from archaeology to anthropology and linguistics, and approaches this controversial subject with a disciplined, yet open and undogmatic, mind. In a field where so much remains to be done, it is always possible that future discoveries will radically change our view of the Indus civilization. "A Peaceful Realm" is an excellent synthesis of current knowledge about Indus studies, and can be recommended to anyone interested in the Indus in particular or ancient civilizations in general. REVIEW: Author Macintosh has done an excellent job of mixing anthropological references with photographs of a wide variety of artifacts from the Indus River Valley sites. There is a real sense of finding and exploring something new and different. We don't know about the culture, social structure, religion or beliefs of the lost civilization. They left no indications of a standing army, but were powerful traders along the south Asian coast from distant Burma to the Persian Gulf. We suspect the religious foundation of the Vedic cycles may have begun in this region, but cannot confirm that. The book has wonderful pictures and frequently becomes the book on the Indus River Valley Civilization many of us have hoped to read. REVIEW: Wonderful!. Excellent!. It left me stunned with spontaneous tears of joy!!!. I am a Tamil speaking Dravidian and could not differ on her theory of continuity of Indus culture in the present day South India. For example, Lord Shiva, a Dravidian God, is being worshiped till today (in Harappa). Lord Shiva is also mentioned in our old Tamil epics. The recent discovery of iron age tools with Indus Script in Nagapattinam, South Tamilnadu has proved beyond doubt that South Indian Dravidian culture is in fact Indus! The author seems to have a deep understanding of our culture. Hats off to her!. REVIEW: “A Peaceful Dream: The Rise And Fall Of The Indus Civilization” by archaeologist and prehistory expert Jane McIntosh is an amazing account of the second oldest known civilization next to the Mesopotamian Civilization. Little is known for absolute certain, yet much has been unearthed of the Indus Civilization. This informative account is gloriously illustrated with maps and black-and-white photographs, as well as a section of color plates, showing the lost treasures and artifacts of an ancient world. Chapters recount and hypothesize about religion, trade, the enigmatic script and the eternal legacy of the Indus Civilization. A Peaceful Dream is a fascinating and "reader friendly" historical study which is very highly recommended for personal, school, and community library antiquities collections and reading lists. REVIEW: This work is essential a display piece that corresponds well with McIntosh's other major publication, 'The Ancient Indus River Valley.' It has more of an introductory/layman feel to it, with a little less emphasis on archaeological data. This is the sort of thing one would purchase at a museum, rather than a bookstore. Not that I want to denature its marketability! McIntosh is a very thoughtful and level-headed writer, which is perfect for a subject as touchy as Indian archaeology. I would recommend this book, but turn the more serious enthusiast to her main textbook on the subject. REVIEW: Five stars! Fabulous! REVIEW: A very concise and well-illustrated look at the ancient Indus Valley. A real contribution to the field. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site) and free insurance coverage. 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And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE." Condition: New. See detailed condition description below., Format: Oversized hardcover with dustjacket, Length: 224 pages, Dimensions: 10½ x 9¼ x 1 inch; 2 pounds, Material: Paper, Provenance: Ancient India, Title: A Peaceful Realm, Subtitle: The Rise and Fall of the Indus Civilization, Publisher: Westview (2002)

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