Mark Kenoyer '70
Jonathan Mark Kenoyer, PhD, has been elected to the Woodstock School Distinguished Alumni Roll for his pioneering work on the anthropology of the Indus Valley, which has completely revised previously accepted theories of the beginning of civilization in the Indian Peninsula. He is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (USA), and is Co-Director of the Harappa Archaeological Research Project (HARP). Under his direction, HARP has been excavating at the ancient Indus city of Harappa since 1986. Dr. Kenoyer speaks several South Asian languages fluently and has been involved in a variety of other archaeological and ethnographic projects in Pakistan and India since 1974. His particular interests include the origins of cities, writing, and technology. He has worked with craftspeople in Pakistan and India to replicate ancient pottery, jewelry, and other objects.
Dr. Kenoyer was born in India and has been digging in the subcontinent for 30 years. He was a student of the late George F. Dales, with whom he coauthored a definitive study of excavations at Mohenjo-daro, entitled Pakistan: The Pottery. He did his BA, MA, and PhD (1983) from the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of numerous books and articles on the latest research into the ancient Indus. His most well-known book is Ancient Cities of the Indus Valley (Oxford, 1998). He was also Curator of the "Great Cities, Small Treasures: The Ancient World of the Indus Valley" exhibit in the United States in 1999. His most recent book, coauthored with Kimberly Heuston, is The Ancient South Asian World (Oxford 2005) and has been written for children.
He has published over 35 journal articles, had over 60 articles appear in edited volumes, authored 17 book reviews on works relating to South Asian study, participated in the development of numerous museum displays, and is a consultant and founding member of the Indus Heritage Display at the Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, India. He has lectured worldwide on Harappa culture and the Indus.