Abstract: Beautiful Bangladesh

Lecturer: Monica Smith

Ancient Bangladesh was known as “Sonar Bangla”: Golden Bengal.  The fertile lands of the Ganges Delta were a cradle of empire and a meeting-point between China, India, Burma and other Southeast Asian countries.  In this talk we will explore the archaeology of this fascinating and little-known country, including the site of Mahasthangarh which is one of the earliest cities in this part of the world.  The archaeology of Bangladesh also includes Buddhist, Hindu, and Islamic settlements that are UNESCO World Heritage sites, signaling their importance to the global stage.  Equally importantly, those heritage sites are a source of local pride, and provide leisure and educational facilities to a growing Bangladeshi middle class.


Short bibliography and/or website on lecture topic:

Dalal, Anita  2007  National Geographic Investigates: Ancient India.  National Geographic, Washington D.C.

Kulke, Hermann and Dietmar Rothermund  2010  A History of India, fifth edition.  Routledge, London.

Schomp, Virginia  2009   Ancient India.  Marshall Cavendish Benchmark, New York.

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