Toward a South Asian historical archaeology

Brian C. Wilson, Mark W. Hauser

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This article briefly reviews historical archaeologies of South Asia. In 1996 Charles Orser argued that historical archaeology needs to consider its own definition more broadly and internationalize its scope (Orser 1996). Such an approach would define the contours of the modern world more concretely. This program of research has been widely adopted, yet it has been hampered, to a certain extent, by its hemispheric focus on the Atlantic World. South Asia, as a key constituent of the Indian Ocean, troubles this approach to historical archaeology and demands consideration of other circulations, epicenters, and agendas in the development of the modem world. This article considers that trade, landscapes, and material culture all point to a modern world in which the Atlantic World is not the only epicenter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-21
Number of pages15
JournalHistorical Archaeology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Archaeology


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