Archéozoologie aux marges occidentales du Bélouchistan


fr Anthropozoologica 25-26 - Pages 671-676

Published on 01 June 1998

This article is a part of the thematic issue Proceedings of the 7th ICAZ International Meeting, Constance, September 1994

Zooarchaeology on the western fringe of Baluchistan

Since 1987, the "Mission Archéologique Française au Makran" (directed by Dr Roland Besenval, CNRS) has been working in the Baluchi region of Pakistan. The diggings in Miri Qalat, located along one of the very rare permanent rivers of the Makran, have given good samples of well-preserved faunal assemblages belonging to the pre-Harappan levels, as well as to all the main chronological sequences of the Harappan culture known on the fringes of the Harappan civilisation. The preliminary results of Miri Qalat will be compared to those given by the animal bones of two sites belonging to the same periods, studied by the author: Shortugaï (Afghanistan) and Sarazm (Tadjikistan). Lastly, the coastal Harappan site of Prahag, near Pasni, confirms the reality of the antique "coast of ichthyophagoi ".


Makran, Pakistan, Harappan civilisation, ichthyophagoi

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