Proto-Sarada Writings: Traces of Daily Life in Ancient India

This is what the ancient Indian Proto-Sarada script looks like, here on a 14-cen
This is what the ancient Indian Proto-Sarada script looks like, here on a 14-centimetre-wide piece of birch bark. The terms ’market’ and ’merchant’ appear in the text, which indicates an economic context. (Image: Ingo Strauch / Universität Lausanne)
A new Indology project is focussing on a hitherto little-researched period of ancient Indian history: the time of the transition from Buddhism to Hinduism in the northwest of the country.

From the sixth to the tenth century AD, an important historical transition phase took place in the northwest of India, in what is now Pakistan: a predominantly Buddhist society became a Hindu society; this was immediately followed by the Muslim invasions. Little is known about the social, economic, and cultural history of this period of change.

Kathrin Holz, Junior Professor of Indology at Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (JMU) in Bavaria, Germany, and her colleague Professor Ingo Strauch from the University of Lausanne in Switzerland want to change that. ...
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