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The Coastal Indus Looks West

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Science  28 May 2010:
Vol. 328, Issue 5982, pp. 1100-1101
DOI: 10.1126/science.328.5982.1100

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Recent digs and surveys in India's westernmost province of Gujarat show that fortified coastal settlements may be the critical link between the heart of the Indus and Arabia and Mesopotamia in the 3rd millennium B.C.E. At a recent conference in the nearby city of Bhuj, archaeologists compared notes on the mounting evidence that this area played an important role in long-distance trade at the dawn of civilization.