[INDOLOGY] Re: archeological puzzle

Mark McLaughlin markasha at gmail.com
Tue Mar 2 17:19:52 UTC 2021

Dear Matthew,

The skeletal image shown in this article is from a dig at Balathal in
Rajasthan. It was taken by Dr. Vasant Shinde of the Department of
Archaeology at Deccan College and dated by Dr. Gwen Robbins to the 6th cen
BCE. I reference this image and dig in an article on the roots of samādhi
burial coming out in the spring issue of Oxford Journal of Hindu Studies.
The issue itself is part of a special double issue on samādhis, tombs, and
relics co-edited by Brian Hatcher, Abhishek Amar and myself.

Misra, V.N., Vasant Shinde, R.K. Mohanty, Kurush Dalal, Anup Mishra, Lalit
Pandey' and Jeevan Kharakwa. “Excavations at Balathal: Their Contribution
to the Chalcolithic and Iron Age Cultures of Mewar, Rajasthan.” In Man and
Environment: Journal of the Indian Society for Prehistoric and Quaternary
Studies. Volume XX, Number 1 (January - June 1995).

Robbins, Gwen. V. Mushrif, V.N. Misra, R.K. Mohanty, and V.S. Shinde, 2007.
‘Adult Skeletal Material from Balathal: A Full Report and Inventory.’ Man
and Environment 32 (2): 1–26.

All best,

On Tue, Mar 2, 2021 at 4:39 AM Matthew Kapstein <mkapstei at uchicago.edu>

> Dear friends,
> This article has been making the rounds among yoga and meditation groups
> recently:
> https://www.indiadivine.org/2700-year-old-yogi-samadhi-found-indus-valley-civilization-archaeological-site/
> I am aware that the "proto-Siva" interpretation of certain Indus Valley
> seals has been much contested during the last few decades but have no
> knowledge of the other material discussed here.  If you know of pertinent
> references to reliable sources that will help to shed light on this, I
> would be most grateful.
> best regards,
> Matthew
> Matthew Kapstein
> Directeur d'études, émérite
> Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris
> Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies,
> The University of Chicago
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Mark McLaughlin, PhD
*Senior Lecturer of South Asian Religions*

*Department of Religious StudiesWilliam & MaryWilliamsburg, VA*

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