Uesugi, A., Rajesh, S. V., Abhayan, G. S., Chase, B., Rawat, Y. S., Patel, A., et al. (2015). Indus Ceramics from Desalpur, Kachchh, Gujarat. Heritage: Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies in Archaeology, 3, 180-218.
Abstract: The Harappan site of Desalpur is located in the western part of Kachchh District, Gujarat, India. This site was dicovered in the 1950s and was excavated in 1963‐64 (IAR 1963‐64), the brief report of which gives us the great potentiality of this site as this site was reported to have massive peripheral walls along with cultural deposits more than 2 m in thickness. The discovery of steatite and copper seals also adds importance to this site. However, the details of the excavations have not been published making it difficult to properly evaluate the significance of this site.
The Kachchh region has been known for the distribution of many Indus sites such as Dholavira, Juni Kuran, Kanmer, Shikarpur, Surkotada, Khirsara and so on. This region, surrounded by the Rann, which is presumed to have been filled with seawater during the third millennium BC, is highly likely to have flourished with sea trade as well as with land route trade connecting with Sindh, Balochistan and Gujarat. Therefore the investigations of archaeological sites of this region (Fig. 1) can contribute for better understanding of the urban society of the Indus Civilization that was sustained by rigorous inter‐regional interactions and trading networks. In this sense, the site of Desalpur has an imporatnce not only for establishing the local chronology but also for understanding the inter‐regional interactions between the Arabian Penninsula, Sindh and Gujarat.
This paper examines the ceramic evidence collected from Desalpur by Department of Archaeology, the University of Kerala in order to assess the archaeological importance of this site.