Heidi J. Miller’s doctoral dissertation reworks E.J.H. Mackay’s excavations at the site of Chanhu-daro and is being completed under the direction of the Department of Anthropology, Harvard University.  Her research interests include formal aspects of material culture across landscape as well as through time, with an emphasis on pottery and human agency.  Recently published research includes “Recently Documented Miniature Vessels from Chanhu-daro, Indus Valley c. 2600-1900 BCE,”in the journal Man and Environment(2014) andSpiraling Interconnectedness: a fresh look at double-spiral headed copper pins in the Indian Subcontinent”, in the edited volume,Connections and Complexity: New Approaches to the Archaeology of South and Central Asia(2013).  Currently she is exploring the nature of the Late Harappan phase in Sindh and teaching Anthropology and World Geography at Middlesex Community College.


Exploring and Redefining what is Jhukar

Abstract for the Seminar on Mohenjodaro, February 2017, Karachi, Pakistan

Heidi J. Miller

Middlesex Community College

Bedford MA, USA

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The Late Harappan or Localization period in Sindh Province, referred to as the Jhukar Phase, is best known from the excavated site of Chanhu-daro, along with additional finds from the sites of Mohenjo-daro, Amri, and others.  Re-examination of the objects from this phase by the author suggests that the material remains of the Jhukar were a creation by the local population, as a new material identity in light of changing interaction networks and the loss of a political and economic organizing ethos (the Indus Valley Culture).  Jhukarbichrome and polychrome pottery, as well as the small finds withstrong parallels to Iran and Central Asia, were used to re-create elite status following the close of the Indus urban phase.This presentation will define what is meant by Jhukar, its connections with the Indus Valley Civilization phase of occupation as well as its possible antecedents in Sindh and neighboring Baluchistan. 

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