"The Seal Impressions from Gilund: Evidence of Administration and Contact in Chalcolithic Western India"
Marta Ameri.
Institute of Fine Arts, New York University and Research Associate , Metropolitan Museum of Art.University.


The site of Gilund is one of the larger sites associated with the Ahar-Banas archaeological complex of southwestern Rajastan, an area that had long been considered a backwater, physically close to yet developmentally far removed from the great cultures of the Indus Valley and beyond. However, the discovery of seal impressions in the 2002-2003 excavation season at the Ahar-Banas site of Gilund in Rajastan places the site squarely within an administrative tradition that existed throughout Asia as early as the 5th millennium B.C. In addition, the unexpected iconography of the impressions, and of seals found at the site, raises important questions about both the nature of the external contacts of the inhabitants of Gilund and more generally about patterns of interaction between Central and South Asia at the end of the third millennium B.C