Craft, Trade, Urbanism from Islamic Banbhore/Daybul, Lower Sindh

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7:00 pm
Russell Square: College Buildings
Khalili Lecture Theatre (KLT)
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The lecture discusses the site of Banbhore, southern Sindh, Pakistan, in the light of recent archaeological discoveries and written historical sources.

Commonly identified with the ancient harbour town of Debal/Daybul, the site shows uninterrupted occupation from the Parthian-Sasanian periods through to the 13th century. The discovery of an industrial-scale ivory workshop, along with other artifacts found during excavations, highlights the uniqueness of this site, engaged in long-range trade by both the maritime route and the Asiatic hinterland of the Silk Road.


Dr Simone Mantellini is currently Assistant Professor in Indian and Central Asian Archaeology and Art History at the University of Bologna, Department of History and Cultures. He is Director of the Italian Archaeological Expedition in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, and Field Director of the Italian Historical-Archaeological Mission in Sindh, Pakistan.

His research interests mostly focus on Central Asia with a specific attention to man-environment interactions, cultural landscapes and water management. 


Image: Aerial view of Banbhore © Italian Historical-Archaeological Expedition in Sindh