The Indus Civilization’s worked bone assemblages have till date merely been described in ambiguous terms and largely assumed to have been made from hard animal parts of species that quantitatively dominate the provenance sites’ faunal assemblages. This has created limitations on further interpreting the socio-economic, cultural and, cognitive mechanisms behind the manufacturing and use of these artefacts besides looking into their degree of spatiotemporal uniformity or regional variation across the Civilization. Therefore, by combining macroscopic observations of these artefacts, the available literature on them and the results from ZooMS, this project aims to study the worked bone assemblage from one Indus site, Dholavira, comprehensively for its technology and typology, experimentally reproduce and digitize them.

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