Mark Kenoyer
J. Mark Kenoyer

5325 Sewell Social Science
(608) 262-7395
Office Hours: M 1-3 or TTH 1-3
Email: jkenoyer@wisc.edu for appointment

1983
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Dept. of South and Southeast Asian Studies,
Doctoral Dissertation: Shell Working Industries of the Indus Civilization:
An Archaeological and Ethnographic Perspective. Advisor Dr. George F. Dales
1977
M.A., Honor Student: University of California, Berkeley
Dept. of South and Southeast Asian Studies
1974
B.A., Honor Student: University of California, Berkeley
Department of Anthropology

Professor; Director of Center for South Asia
At UW-Madison since 1985

Archaeology and Cultural Anthropology

Research

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.

Teaching

Anthro 100: General Anthropology
Anthro 102: Archaeology and the Prehistoric World
Anthro 310: Topics in Archaeology: Archaeology of South Asia and the Indus Civilization; Archaeology of Old World Cities;
Anthro 322: The Origins of Civilization
Anthro 338: Introduction to Prehistory and Archaeological Principles
Anthro 352: Ancient Technology and Invention
Anthro 490: Undergraduate Seminar: Early States and Empires, Lithic Technology
Anthro 942: Seminar: Archaeology of Early States and Empires of the Old World; Lithic Technology; Ethnoarchaeology; Ancient Technology and Invention

Selected Recent Publications

Books

2005 The Ancient South Asian World, J. M. Kenoyer and Kimberly Heuston. Oxford University Press, New York.

1998Ancient Cities of the Indus Valley Civilization. Oxford University Press and American Institute of Pakistan Studies, Karachi.

1986 Excavations at Mohenjo Daro, Pakistan: The Pottery. By G. F. Dales and J. M. Kenoyer, Univ. Museum Monograph 53. Philadelphia.

Articles

2007 The Early Indus Script at Harappa: Origins and Development, by J. M. Kenoyer and R. H. Meadow. In Intercultural Relations between South and Southwest Asia. Studies in Commemoration of E.C. L. During-Caspers (1934-1996), edited by E. Olijdam and R. H. Spoor. BAR International Series.

2007 Indus and Mesopotamian Trade Networks: New Insights from Shell and Carnelian Artifacts, In Intercultural Relations between South and Southwest Asia. Studies in Commemoration of E.C. L. During-Caspers (1934-1996), edited by E. Olijdam and R. H. Spoor. BAR International Series.

2007 Harappa Excavations 1998-1999: New evidence for the development and manifestation of the Harappan phenomenon. by R. H. Meadow and J. M. Kenoyer. In South Asian Archaeology 1999, edited by K. R. van Kooij and E. M. Raven, Leiden.

2007 Indus Civilization. In Encyclopedia of Archaeology, edited by Deborah Pearsall. Elsevier: San Diego.

2006 New Perspectives on the Mauryan and Kushana Period. In Between Empires Studies in India 300 BCE to 400 CE, edited by P. Olivelle, pp. 33-50. New York, Oxford University Press.

2006 Craft Traditions of the Indus Civilization and their Legacy in Modern Pakistan, In Pakistan Crafts, edited by Noorjehan Bilgrami, pp. 10-19. Karachi: Koel Publications.

2006 Cultures and Societies of the Indus Tradition. In Historical Roots in the Making of ‘the Aryan’, edited by R. Thapar, pp. 21-49. New Delhi, National Book Trust.

2006 The Origin, Context and Function of the Indus Script: Recent Insights from Harappa. In Ethnogenesis of South and Central Asia, Proceedings of the Pre-Symposium of RIHN and the 7th ESCA Harvard-Kyoto Roundtable, 6 - 8 June 2005, pp. 9 – 27, edited by T. Osada and Noriko Hase. Kyoto, RIHN

2005 Culture Change during the Late Harappan Period at Harappa: New Insights on Vedic Aryan Issues. In Indo-Aryan Controversy: Evidence and inference in Indian history, edited by E. F. Bryant and L. L. Patton, pp. 21-49. London, Routledge.

2005 Uncovering the keys to the Lost Indus Cities (reprinted). Scientific American (Special Issue) Vol. 15 (1):24-33.

2005 Excavations at Harappa 2000-2001: New insights on Chronology and City Organization. by R. H. Meadow and J. M. Kenoyer. In South Asian Archaeology 2001, edited by C. Jarrige and V. Lefèvre, pp 207-224. Paris, Editions Recherche sur les Civilisations -ADPF.

2005 Bead Technologies at Harappa, 3300-1900 BC: A comparative summary. In South Asian Archaeology 2001, edited by C. Jarrige and V. Lefèvre. Paris, Editions Recherche sur les Civilisations -ADPF.

2005 Culture Change during the Late Harappan Period at Harappa: New Insights on Vedic Aryan Issues. In Indo-Aryan Controversy: Evidence and inference in Indian history, edited by L. L. Patton and E. F. Bryant, pp. 21-49. London, RoutledgeCurzon.

2000 The Indus Valley Mystery. by R. H. Meadow and J. M. Kenoyer. Discovering Archaeology, April 2000, pp. 38-43.

Curriculum Vitae

J. Mark Kenoyer CV

Contact

Office: 5402 Sewell Social Science Bldg.
Office phone: (608) 262-5696
Email: jkenoyer@wisc.edu