Professor in Anthropology, has been teaching archaeology and ancient technology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison since 1985. He has worked on excavations and ethnoarchaeological studies in both Pakistan and India since 1975. He has served as Field Director and Co-Director of the Harappa Archaeological Research Project since 1986.He has a special interest in ancient technologies and crafts, socio-economic and political organization as well as religion.  These interests have led him to study a broad range of cultural periods in South Asia as well as other regions of the world, including China, Japan, Korea, Oman, and West Asia in general. His work has been featured in the National Geographic Magazine and Scientific American and on the website

He is the author of numerous books and edited volumes on the archaeology of South Asia and the Indus civilization. He has published 4 monographs two edited volumes with more in process, over 53 influential journal articles, had over 72 articles appear in edited volumes, 12 encyclopedia entries and 19 book reviews on works relating to South Asian topics. He had helped curate major exhibitions on the Indus Civilization as well as textiles and experimental archaeological exhibits. Great Cities, Small Treasures: The Ancient World of the Indus Valley, in 1998-1999, at the Asia Society, in New York, and two other venues.And Tana-Bana: Warp and Weft - The Woven soul of Pakistan, by NoorjehanBilgrami and J. M. Kenoyer at three different venues in the USA and Japan. He has also been consultant for the exhibit, Art of the First Cities: The Third Millennium B.C. from the Mediterranean to the Indus exhibition curated by Joan Aruz at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, May, 2003.


Mohenjodaro Conference

Feb 9-11


By Jonathan Mark Kenoyer

Department of Anthropology

University of Wisconsin, Madison

This paper will provide an overview of the major features of Indus urbanism as revealed through the extensive excavations of three major Indus urban centers. Each of these cities have unique features that distinguish them from each other. At the same time, they all have shared aspects of settlement organization, chronology and material culture that help to integrate them into the larger cultural phenomenon of the Indus Tradition.  Special focus will be on the comparison of chronological developments, evidence for trade interactions, the patterns of seal production and writing, as well as the evidence for unique aspects of material culture. Mohenjodaro has some unique features that are not common at other Indus sites and the only way to find out more about this aspect of the Indus is for the resumption of excavations and new research at the site.