Dr. Kenoyer was born and raised in India. He attended Woodstock School in northern India were he developed a keen interest in the ancient history, archaeology and cultures of South Asia. He earned his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. (1983) from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a student of the late George F. Dales with whom he co-authored Excavations at Mohenjo-daro, Pakistan: The Pottery.
He speaks several South Asian languages fluently and has been involved in a variety of archaeological and ethnographic projects in Pakistan and India since 1974. His particular interests include the origins of cities, writing and technology He has worked with craftspeople in both Pakistan and India to replicate ancient pottery, jewelry and other objects.
Dr. Kenoyer is one of the world’s leading authorities on the ancient Indus civilization. A Professor and Chair of Anthropology and Director of the Center for South Asia, he has been excavating with the Harappa Archaeological Research Project (HARP) at the ancient Indus city of Harappa for since 1986. He is currently co-director of the project. His most well-known book is Ancient Cities of the Indus Valley (Oxford, 1998). He was also Curator of the Great Cities, Small Treasures: The Ancient World of the Indus Valley exhibit in the US in 1999. His most recent book, co-authored with Kimberly Heuston is The Ancient South Asian World (Oxford 2005) and has been written for children.
Dr. Kenoyer’s research interests include the archaeology of early urbanism and state level society, ethnoarchaeology, experimental archaeology, ancient technology and quantitative methods. His geographic areas of interest include South Asia (particularly India and Pakistan), West Asia, East and Southeast Asia. Dr. Kenoyer has been excavating at Harappa, Pakistan since 1986. His main focus is on the Indus Valley Civilization and he has worked in both Pakistan and India since 1974. 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. His publications include monographs on the Indus civilization as well as numerous articles, a grade school book on ancient South Asia and even a coloring book on the Indus cities for children. His work is featured on the website www.harappa.com. He was Guest Curator with the Asia Society for the exhibition on the Ancient Cities of the Indus Valley Civilization, which toured the U.S. in 1998-1999. He was a special consultant for the Art of the First Cities: The Third Millennium B.C. from the Mediterranean to the Indus exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York in 2002.
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