Ahead of Copenhagen Climate Meetings, NYU Anthropologist Looks Back at an Ancient Civilization's Sustainable Practices in a Complex Economy


The Indus civilization, a South Asian contemporary with ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, was not discovered by scholars until the 1920s. While much of this civilization remains a mystery, many of its economic practices and responses to a changing climate are detailed in The Ancient Indus: Urbanism, Economy, and Society (Cambridge University Press, 2010) by New York University Professor Rita Wright.