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Mohenjo-Daro and the Indus Civilization. Being an Official Account of the Archaeological Excavations at Mohenjo-Daro Carried out by the Government of India Between the Years 1922 and 1927. [Together With:]Further excavations at Mohenjo-Daro. Being an Official Account of the Government of India Between the Years 1927 and 1931

Marshall, Sir John (Editor) & Mackay,E. J. H

London / Delhi & New Delhi. Arthur Probsthain / Government of India Press. 1931 / 1938
A good copy of Marshall's excellent 'Mohenjo-Daro and the Indus Civilization' together with the supplemental 'Further Excavations' volumes by Mackay.

Marshall summed up the importance of the finds at Mohenjo-Daro thus: ' ... one thing that stands out clear and unmistakable both at Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa is that the civilization hitherto revealed at these two places is not an incipient civilization, but one already age-old and stereotyped on Indian soil, with many millennia of human endeavour behind it.'

A classic work on the Indus Valley civilizations, this text is primarily an account of the excavations at Mohenjo-Daro between 1922 and 1927 conducted by the Indian government. This is the most complete work on the subject and remains an important source for scholars.

Marshall's team excavated a series of buildings on the site, the most spectacular of which is the Great Bath. This monument measures 40 feet by 30 feet and was sunk about 8 feet below the surface of the surrounding pavement. The Bath was built from meticulously laid bricks set in gypsum plaster over a waterproof bitumen layer. A nearby well provided the water which could be emptied through a massive corbeled drain.

The two volume 'Further Excavations' by E. J. H. Mackay continues the analysis of Marshall and can be considered a supplement or continuation of the earlier work; This book deals with the excavations that were made in ... Mohenjo-Daro during the four seasons 1927 -31 and thus continues the three volumes edited by Sir John Marshall ... '.
pp. xxvii, 364; xiii, 365 - 716; xi + plates; xvi, 718; ix + plates. 3 vols. 4to. (338 x 274 mm). + 2 vols. 4to. (332 x 266 mm). 'Mohenjo-Daro' profusely illustrated with text illustrations, 164 plates in collotype, folded plans & elevations & 2 maps housed in pocket of vol. 1, the 'Further Excavations' with 146 plates in collotype on glossy paper. Original publisher's light brown cloth (Marshall), titles gilt to spines, each vol. with publisher's gily bull vignette to front boards, some light rubbing and bumping to corners + original publisher's scarlet cloth (Mackay), titles gilt to spine, some light rubbing and toning to endpapers, small section missing from the rear board of vol. 1, some ccreasing to final plates. <br>

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