Contents: Preface. Introduction. 1. Early mature and Harappan pottery/D.P. Sharma, Sudha Satyawadi and Anisha Saxena. 2. Harappan pottery from Nausharo/J.F. Jarrige. 3. Early Harappan pottery from Kalibangam/Madhubala and J.P. Joshi. 4. Painted and marks pottery Mehrgarh and Nausharo/G. Quivron. 5. The Ravi Phase : Early Harappan ceramics/J.M. Kenoyer. 6. Harappan pottery Motif of Western India to Iran/Ozra Rounaghi and V.S. Shinde. 7. Lagacy of Harappan Motifs on Central Indian Pottery Chalcolithic (c. 2200-1200 B.C.)/Vijai Kumar. 8. Sothi Early Harappan Pottery/K.N. Dikshit. 9. Harappan painted ceramic’s/Sudha Satyawadi. 10. Proto-historic pottery from Shahr--I--Sokhta and Early Harappa/D.P. Sharma, Anisha Saxena. 11. Early Harappan painted gray wares in Pakistan and Iran/Rita Wright. 12. Reserved slip ware in the Harappan contest/D.K. Chakravorty. 13. Petrographic analysis of early Harappan (c. 3500-2700 B.C.) Potteries of South Asia/Graham Chandler. 14. RD 89 : a new Hakra ware site/Kotty Dalal. 15. Ochure coloured ceramics/R.C. Gaur. 16. Harappan potteries from Dholavira/A. Asthana. 17. Mature Harappan Potteries/A.K. Khanna. 18. Pottery making -- traditional handicraft/A. Asthana. 19. Ethnography of Harappan painted motif/Archana Choksi. 20. Glimpse of early pottery in East Asia/A.K. Choudhary. Bibliography. Index.
This book Harappan Potteries is edited by D.P Sharma. The oldest handmade pottery c. 20000 -13000 B.C. old has reported from East China. In South Asia hand made corded ceramics of c.6000-5000 B.C., old have reported from Mehrgarh and Chopani Mando. The wheel made ceramic appears around c.4000-3600 B.C. at Mehrgarh. The early Harappan pottery of c.3500-2800 B.C. of various types has been discovered from Nal, Kot-Diji, Damb Sadaat, Ravi ware from Harappa, Sothi-Siswal and Hakara. Mature Harappan potteries c.2700-1900 B.C. are red, buff, black on red, Micacious red, grey painted, black on red. Bara thin red ware, cream slipped. Black and red, lustrus slip, reserved slip and dull red ware. Harappan typical shape are dish on stand, goblet, jar, baker, tumbler and perforated jar etc. The Mature Harappan decorative motifs are checker board, horn, comb, sun, rosette plant, animal and fish scale. The Early Harappan Faiz Mohammad Gray ware is different in Fabric with Mature Harappan grey ware and reserved slip ware is West Asian import item.
According to D.P. Sharma, early Harappan pottery, which in wheel made first appeared around c. 3800 B.C. from copper age sites in Mehrgarh Baluchistan. Early Harappan Pottery show regional variations in North-West part of South Asia.