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RAS | Agricultural Signs in the Indus Script, Iravatham Mahadevan

‘Abstract: The Indus script pos­sessed a set of signs re­fer­ring to crop and share of the agri­cul­tural pro­duce (Chart I). Five hi­er­ar­chi­cal lev­els of levies on the pro­duce have been iden­ti­fied, namely, those due to god, state, city, land owner, and the ten­ant-farmer. Sur­vivals of the agri­cul­tural signs in the Indus script as pot­tery graf­fiti in later pe­ri­ods are il­lus­trated in Chart II. A list of signs of the Indus script de­pict­ing agri­cul­tural im­ple­ments is also in­cluded (Chart III).’

http://www.ras.org.in/agricultural_signs_in_the_indus_script

RAS | Adivasi Songs from Odisha

‘The Review of Agrarian Studies is happy to present, for the first time, a multimedia feature. This is a field report of a different kind: the farm and other rural songs featured here are from a project to archive the songs of the Adivasi people of Odisha.’

http://www.ras.org.in/adivasi_songs_from_odisha

‘The Great Divide: No Rich Child Left Behind’, Sean F. Reardon, professor of education and sociology at Stanford, NYT

‘Here’s a fact that may not surprise you: the children of the rich perform better in school, on average, than children from middle-class or poor families…It is true in most societies and it has been true in the United States for at least as long as we have thought to ask the question and had sufficient data to verify the answer…this is hardly news…What is news is that in the United States over the last few decades these differences in educational success between high- and lower-income students have grown substantially.’ Do we ask this key question in India and have sufficient data to verify the answers?

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/27/no-rich-child-left-behind/?hp

8,000 artefacts and rising: City dig pronounced the ‘most important ever’ in London – The Independent

8,000 artefacts and rising: City dig pronounced the 'most important ever' in London – Home News – UK – The Independent.

When archaeologists were called to a site in the City of London where an ugly office block and a bar once stood, they were sceptical that it held any secrets.

Yet six months into the dig on Bloomberg Place, a three-acre site close to Mansion House tube station, experts believed they have stumbled across the most important find of Roman London artefacts in recent memory and have dubbed it the “Pompeii of the north”.