Mark Kenoyer
J. Mark Kenoyer

5325 Sewell Social Science
(608) 262-5696
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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
M.A., Honor Student: University of California, Berkeley
Dept. of South and Southeast Asian Studies
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


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 and carrying out research on the Indus Civilization since 1975 and has excavated at the site of Harappa, Pakistan since 1986. He has also worked at sites and ethnoarchaeological projects in India and more recently in Oman. 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. As part of his research on ancient bead technologies, he has undertaken studies of collections throughout the world, with a special focus on West Asia, China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia. 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 and

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.



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
Anthro 942: Research Methods

Selected Recent Publications


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.

Edited Volumes

1994 From Sumer to Meluhha: Contributions to the Archaeology of South and West Asia in Memory of George F. Dales, Jr. Wisconsin Archaeology Reports, Volume 3. Department of Anthropology, U. W. Madison.

1989 Old Problems and New Perspectives in the Archaeology of South Asia. Wisconsin Archaeology Reports, Volume 2. Department of Anthropology, U. W. Madison.

Selected Articles (see CV for full list of publications)

2014 The Indus Civilization. In The Cambridge Prehistory, edited by Colin Renfrew and Paul Bahn, (In Press). Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.

2014 Eye Beads from the Indus Tradition: Technology, Style and Chronology. Journal of Asian Civilizations 2013 Vol. 36(2):1-23

2013 Iconography of the Indus Unicorn: Origins and Legacy. In Connections and Complexity: New Approaches to the Archaeology of South Asia, edited by S. Abraham, P. Gullapalli, T.  Raczek, and U. Rizvi, pp. 107-125. Left Coast Press, Walnut Creek.

2013 Connections between the Indus Valley and Mesopotamia: Preliminary Results of Strontium Isotope analyses from Harappa and Ur. J. M. Kenoyer, T. D. Price and J. Burton. Journal of Archaeological Science, Vol. 40: 2286-2297.

2012 Marine and Riverine Trade of the Indus Cities: Strategies for Research and Interpretation. In Proceedings of the International Seminar on Marine Archaeology -3, 23-24 Aug 2007, edited by Alok Tripathi, pp.. 43-57. Indian Society for Marine Archaeology: New Delhi.

2011 Changing Perspectives of the Indus Civilization: New Discoveries and Challenges. Puratattva Vol. 41:1-18.

2010 Inscribed objects from Harappa Excavations: 1986-2007. In Corpus of Indus Seals and Inscriptions, Vol. 3. New Material, untraced objects, and collections outside India and Pakistan, edited by A. Parpola, B.M. Pande, P. Koskikallio. Annales Academiae Scientiarum Gennicae, B 241:1, pp. xliv-lviii. Helsinki: Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia.

2009 Indus Seals: An overview of Iconography and Style. Ancient Sindh 9 (2006-2007): 7-30.

2009 New Evidence for Early Silk in the Indus Civilization. By Irene Good, J. M. Kenoyer and R. H. Meadow. Archaeometry 51(3): 457-466.

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


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