New evidence for jute (Corchorus capsularis L.) in the Indus civilization

Rita P. Wright, David L. Lentz, Harriet F. Beaubien, Christine K. Kimbrough

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    In this paper, we report the results of an analysis of a preserved structure of jute on a ceramic artifact from the site of Harappa that is dated to 2200-1900 (cal.) BC (Fig. 1). Jute cloth has not previously been identified at this early date in the Indus civilization. Since fiber remains are rare in prehistoric South Asia, we briefly review the evidence for seed and fiber remains used in textile production in this region.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)137-143
    Number of pages7
    JournalArchaeological and Anthropological Sciences
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - Jun 2012


    • Corchorus capsularis L.
    • Indus civilization
    • Jute cloth

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Archaeology
    • Anthropology
    • Archaeology


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