Sheri Khan Tarakai and Early Village Life in the Borderlands of North-West Pakistan: Bannu Archaeological Project Surveys and Excavations 1985-2001 [Hardback]

Cameron A. Petrie(Author); Farid Khan(Author); J. R. Knox(Author); Kenneth D. Thomas(Author)

ISBN: 9781842173961 | Published by: Bannu Archaeological Project | Year of Publication: 2010 | Language: English 400p, b/w & color illus throughout
Status: In Stock - Available

Sheri Khan Tarakai and Early Village Life in the Borderlands of North-West Pakistan


Between 1985 and 2001, the collaborative research initiative known as the Bannu Archaeological Project conducted archaeological explorations and excavations in the Bannu region, in what was then the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) of Pakistan, now Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. The Project involves scholars from the Pakistan Heritage Society, the British Museum, the Institute of Archaeology (UCL), Bryn Mawr College and the University of Cambridge. This is the first in a series of volumes that present the final reports of the exploration and excavations carried out by the Bannu Archaeological Project. It marks the first attempt to contextualise the earliest village settlements in northwest Pakistan, along with those situated in other parts of the borderlands zone at the western margins of South Asia. An extensive range of archaeological data from the Bannu Archaeological Project excavations at Sheri Khan Tarakai, including stratigraphic, architectural, ceramic, lithic, small find and bioarchaeological elements, are presented, along with the results of surveys and excavations at several other sites in the Bannu Basin and the adjacent Gomal Plain. The work establishes the nature of the relationships between these sites and other early villages elsewhere in South, central and greater West Asia.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements

Chapter 1. Early village life on the north-western borderlands
Chapter 2. The investigation of early villages in the hills and on the plains of western South Asia
Chapter 3. The physical and human geography of the Bannu basin
Chapter 4. The site of Sheri Khan Tarakai
Chapter 5. Ceramic vessels from Sheri Khan Tarakai
Chapter 6. Struck lithics from Sheri Khan Tarakai
Chapter 7. Small fi nds from Sheri Khan Tarakai
Chapter 8. The biological remains from Sheri Khan Tarakai
Chapter 9. Chronology of Sheri Khan Tarakai
Chapter 10. Other early village sites in the Bannu Basin
Chapter 11. Early village sites in the Gomal plain
Chapter 12. Ceramic and lithic production systems of the Sheri Khan Tarakai Phase
Chapter 13. Sheri Khan Tarakai and early village life in western South Asia

Appendix A:Report presenting petrographic and pigment analysis of pottery from north-west Pakistan
Appendix B: Report outlining petrographic comparison of eight pottery sherds from Rana Ghundai with late prehistoric pottery from Bannu District, north-west Pakistan
Appendix C : Tables showing small find artefacts recovered from excavated trenches at Sheri Khan Tarakai Tables of faunal data
Appendix E: Identification of wood charcoals submitted for radiocarbon dating


Reviews & Quotes

"This is a magnificent volume, and Oxbow Books must be congratulated for producing one of this size and quality for only £40. Although it is not for the faint-hearted, and only a few with expert knowledge are likely to read it, monographs of this type are the foundation blocks of what we know about the past. Knox and Thomas in particular should be congratulated for their thoroughness, perseverance and tenacity in seeing this project through over a 25 year period. This volume is a worthy addition to our knowledge of early South Asian prehistory.'"
Robin Dennell
Antiquity (Vol. 85, No. 329, September 2011)

Product Tags

Use spaces to separate tags. Use single quotes (') for phrases.