Possehl, Gregory L. 1941-

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Possehl, Gregory L. 1941-

PERSONAL: Born July 21, 1941, in Tacoma, WA; son of Stanfield (an engineer) and Hollis Possehl; children: Christine White, Michael. Education: University of Washington, Seattle, B.A., 1963, M.A., 1966; University of Chicago, Ph.D., 1974. Religion: Christian.

ADDRESSES: Office—Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, 3260 Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA 19104. E-mail[email protected].

CAREER: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, professor of anthropology, 1973-. Director of archaeological excavation at Gilund (Bronze Age site), Rajasthan, India. American Institute of Indian Studies, member of board of trustees, 1990-2000. Indo-U.S. Subcommission, member, 1986-90.


(Editor) Ancient Cities of the Indus, Carolina Academic Press (Durham, NC), 1979.

Indus Civilization in Saurashtra, D.K. Publishers' Distributors (Delhi, India), 1980.

(Editor) Harappan Civilization: A Contemporary Perspective, Aris & Phillips (Warminster, England), 1982, revised edition published as Harappan Civilization: A Recent Perspective, American Institute of Indian Studies (New Delhi, India), 1993.

(Editor, with Kenneth A. R. Kennedy) Studies in the Archaeology and Palaeoanthropology of South Asia, American Institute of Indian Studies (New Delhi, India), 1984.

Kulli: An Exploration of Ancient Civilization in Asia, Carolina Academic Press (Durham, NC), 1986.

(With M. H. Raval) Harappan Civilization and Rojdi, E. J. Brill (New York, NY), 1989.

(Editor) South Asian Archaeology Studies, Oxford and IBH Publishing (New Delhi, India), 1992.

The Indus Age: The Writing System, University of Pennsylvania Press (Philadelphia, PA), 1996.

The Indus Age: The Beginnings, University of Pennsylvania Press (Philadelphia, PA), 1999.

The Indus Civilization: A Contemporary Perspective, AltaMira Press (Walnut Creek, CA), 2002.

Contributor to books, including Harappan Civilization and Oriyo Timbo, by Paul C. Rissman and Y. M. Chitalwala, American Institute of Indian Studies (New Delhi, India), 1990. Coeditor of series "Harappan Studies," Oxford and IBH Publishing (New Delhi, India), beginning 1993.

WORK IN PROGRESS: A biography of a nineteenth-century archaeologist who worked in Afghanistan; a murder mystery set at an archaeological excavation.

SIDELIGHTS: Gregory L. Possehl told CA: "I am a professor of anthropology who has conducted archaeological research in the Indian subcontinent for forty years. My work has led to much writing, which I have grown to love. As I move toward the end of my research career, I intend to devote time to a biography and a murder mystery."