Mamta Dwivedi

Mamta Dwivedi, a historian by training, was awarded her PhD degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, in 2016. Her doctoral research aimed at understanding the concept of wealth (artha), with specific focus on North India in the early historical period. Her study combined data from archaeology and numismatics with early historic śāstric literature to understand artha both as a pursuit of wealth as well as its material manifestation in tangible forms.   Her research also critiques the methodology and interpretation employed to study coins as source of history which she thinks is a persistent continuation of colonial methodology. She was affiliated to Distant Worlds Graduate School for Ancient Studies, Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU), Munich, as a visiting researcher from February 2016 to August 2017, where she developed an interest in studying ‘ritual economies’ of the past and exploring the Indic connections of material remains in early historical Gandhāran region.


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Handbook of Ancient Afro-Eurasian Economies Volume 1: Contexts

The three-volume Handbook of Ancient Afro-Eurasian Economies is the main deliverable of the BaSaR project. It aims to offer a comprehensive discussion of economic development in the empires of the Afro-Eurasian world region and elucidate the conditions under which large quantities of goods and people moved across continents and between empires. Volume 1 provides succinct

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Colonial imagination and identity attribution: Numismatic cues for defining space

- published in H.P. Ray (eds.) Negotiating Cultural Identity: Landscapes in Early Medieval South Asian History (New Delhi: Routledge, 2015)

This paper aims to focus on the fixation in the study of early historical coins with colonial categories, i.e. the ‘imperial’ versus the ‘tribal’ coins. Under discussion here are the types of copper coins bearing the legends- janasya, gaṇasya, or janapada or the names of the issuing community. These coins, since the

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Invocations through Coins: Legends for Allegiance and Popular Validation in the Indigenous Copper Coins

This paper tries to understand the extra-economic aspect of the coins. The questions asked in this paper are: whether the change in the legend of coins may represent the formation of a federation of polities? Whether with the extension of the region under federation/conglomeration the name of geographies associated with the polities are dropped and