Between 1985 and 2001, the collaborative research initiative known as the Bannu Archaeological Project conducted archaeological explorations and excavations in the Bannu region, in what was then the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) of Pakistan, now Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. The Project involves scholars from the Pakistan Heritage Society, the British Museum, the Institute of Archaeology (UCL), Bryn Mawr College and the University of Cambridge.
This is the first in a series of volumes that present the final reports of the exploration and excavations carried out by the Bannu Archaeological Project. It marks the first attempt to contextualise the earliest village settlements in northwest Pakistan, along with those situated in other parts of the borderlands zone at the western margins of South Asia. An extensive range of archaeological data from the Bannu Archaeological Project excavations at Sheri Khan Tarakai, including stratigraphic, architectural, ceramic, lithic, small find and bioarchaeological elements, are presented, along with the results of surveys and excavations at several other sites in the Bannu Basin and the adjacent Gomal Plain. The work establishes the nature of the relationships between these sites and other early villages elsewhere in South, central and greater West Asia.
Preface and Acknowledgements Chapter 1. Early village life on the north-western borderlands Chapter 2. The investigation of early villages in the hills and on the plains of western South Asia Chapter 3. The physical and human geography of the Bannu basin Chapter 4. The site of Sheri Khan Tarakai Chapter 5. Ceramic vessels from Sheri Khan Tarakai Chapter 6. Struck lithics from Sheri Khan Tarakai Chapter 7. Small fi nds from Sheri Khan Tarakai Chapter 8. The biological remains from Sheri Khan Tarakai Chapter 9. Chronology of Sheri Khan Tarakai Chapter 10. Other early village sites in the Bannu Basin Chapter 11. Early village sites in the Gomal plain Chapter 12. Ceramic and lithic production systems of the Sheri Khan Tarakai Phase Chapter 13. Sheri Khan Tarakai and early village life in western South Asia Appendix A:Report presenting petrographic and pigment analysis of pottery from north-west Pakistan Appendix B: Report outlining petrographic comparison of eight pottery sherds from Rana Ghundai with late prehistoric pottery from Bannu District, north-west Pakistan Appendix C : Tables showing small find artefacts recovered from excavated trenches at Sheri Khan Tarakai Tables of faunal data Appendix E: Identification of wood charcoals submitted for radiocarbon dating Bibliography