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The Ahar Culture and Others: Social Spectrums of the Mewar Plain
A Companion to South Asia in the Past (2016)
  • Teresa Raczek, Kennesaw State University
This chapter highlights the immense variety of social practices that existed in the Mewar Plain in the third and second millennia BCE, providing an expanded definition for the Ahar Culture. Geographically, the Ahar Culture existed in northwest India, in a region early researchers referred to as the Banas Basin. Bagor has often been portrayed as an anomaly, in contrast to the typical Ahar-Banas sites, which were home to settled farmers and craft producers who held a fair amount of material wealth. There is considerable variation of monumental and household architecture between sites. At the same time, there are also some overlooked similarities between typical Ahar Culture sites and sites like Bagor. It is perhaps more useful to consider the architecture of the Mewar Plain as existing on a spectrum of variability. These differences also point to highly localized conceptions and experiences of space.

  • Ahar Culture,
  • Bagor,
  • Banas Basin,
  • Mewar Plain,
  • Northwest India,
  • Social Practices
Publication Date
April, 2016
Gwen Robbins Schug and Subhash R. Walimbe
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Citation Information
Teresa Raczek. "The Ahar Culture and Others: Social Spectrums of the Mewar Plain" A Companion to South Asia in the Past (2016)
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