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Research interests: South Asia; India; Karnataka; archaeology of states and empires; historical archaeology; political economy; craft production; archaeological survey; ethnoarchaeology
Elizabeth Bridges conducted dissertation fieldwork in Karnataka, India, and is currently writing up survey results and the Ph.D. thesis. The Keladi-Ikkeri Nayaka Zone Survey (KINZS), co-directed with the Karnataka Department of Archaeology and Museums (KDAM), systematically surveyed core settlement areas at the sites of Keladi and Ikkeri, sequent capitals of a regional polity (1499–1763 C.E.) that operated first under authority from the Vijayanagara Empire (1336–1565 C.E.) and later as an independent state. The thesis that draws on this field project investigates the establishment of imperial regional political authority and seeks to broaden anthropological understandings of pre-modern imperial dynamics. KINZS was funded by the American Institute for Indian Studies, the National Science Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Trehan Fund for South Asian Archaeology, the University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology, and the University of Michigan Department of Anthropology.
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