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Archaeology of Buddhism in Asia  

Himanshu Prabha Ray

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Jan 2019
The eightfold path shown by the Buddha in the middle of the first millennium bce was founded on wisdom, morality, and concentration. Like other contemporary Indic religions, Buddha dhamma ... More

Chinese Ceramic Production and Trade  

John Miksic

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Jun 2017
Ceramics are the most abundant types of artifacts made by human beings in the last 12,000 years. Chinese potters discern two types of products: earthenware (tao), which is porous and does ... More

The Concept of the Silk Road in the 19th and 20th Centuries  

Justin M. Jacobs

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Mar 2020
The concept of the Silk Road first arose in the latter half of the 19th century as part of European attempts to impose economic and political claims upon the lands and peoples of Xinjiang ... More

The Early History of Delhi  

Upinder Singh

Delhi’s past begins in the stone age; this is evident from the stone tools found as surface finds at many places and the excavated site of Anangpur. Remains of the protohistoric period have ... More

Earth, Water, Air, and Fire: Toward an Ecological History of Premodern Inner Eurasia  

John L. Brooke and Henry Misa

The histories of humanity and nature are deeply entangled across Inner Eurasia. Great expanses of steppe and mountain connected peoples at the far ends of the landmass and sustained unique ... More

Glass Beads and Trade in the Western Indian Ocean  

Marilee Wood

The glass beads found at archaeological sites up and down the eastern coast of Africa between the 7th and 17th centuries ce bear witness to the trade that connected communities from all ... More

History of Fishing and Sailing Communities in the Western Indian Ocean  

Himanshu Prabha Ray

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Dec 2019
Archaeologically, the presence of fishing groups is attested in the coastal areas of the western Indian Ocean as early as the seventh millennium bce. A history of these groups shows that ... More

Imperial Maritime China  

Angela Schottenhammer

Imperial China has a long-standing, multifaceted, and interesting imperial maritime history. Of particular importance in this context are the commercial dimensions of China’s maritime ... More

Maritime Archaeology of the Indian Ocean  

Himanshu Prabha Ray

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Feb 2017
The interface between the sea and the land and the communities that have historically traversed the Indian Ocean form the focus of this article. Maritime communities have been sustained by ... More

The Peopling of Madagascar  

Atholl Anderson

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Jan 2019
Since the arrival of Europeans in the 16th century the observed ethnic complexity of the Malagasy, the Madagascan people, has been a subject of conjecture in several respects. When did ... More

Ships and Shipwrecks in the Pre-Modern Indian Ocean  

Pierre-Yves Manguin

The Indian Ocean and its adjoining seas, from the Middle East and East Africa to Southeast Asia, have been witness to the nautical ventures of most, if not all, major sea powers of world ... More

Warfare in Premodern Southeast Asia  

Michael W. Charney

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Apr 2018
Warfare in premodern Southeast Asia, roughly that fought up until the end of the 19th century, was shaped by the environment across the region. Maritime trade connections brought the ... More

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