Revisiting Taxila: A new approach to the Greco-Buddhist archaeological record

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Revisiting Taxila: A new approach to the Greco-Buddhist archaeological record

Type: Article / Letter to editor
Title: Revisiting Taxila: A new approach to the Greco-Buddhist archaeological record
Author: Aerde, M.E.J.J. van
Journal Title: Ancient West & East
Issue: 17
Volume: 2018
Issue Date: 2018
Keywords: archaeology
gandhara
greco-buddhism
hellenism
material culture
cultural interaction
taxila
Abstract: This study explores a new perspective on the archaeological record of Taxila in the Gandhara region through object-focused analyses and considering wider historical implications, in order to better understand cultural interaction in ancient Central Asia. The city of Taxila was a nodal point between ‘East’ and ‘West’, well-known for its so-called Greco-Buddhist artefacts. These objects have been traditionally categorised according to ethnic and/or cultural criteria, which has led to incorrect interpretations of the archaeological record that still prevail today. This article presents a new analysis of the data to investigate how different cultural elements interacted in Taxila.
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/48764
 

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