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The pre-Kusana and early Kusana levels at Sonkh

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The excavation of the early historical levels in the mound at Sonkh resulted in a number of interesting new pieces of information which most probably can be taken as representative for Mathur;ā State/District on the whole. The paper starts with a short reference to the levels 32 to 30, covering the Śuṅga Cultural Phase. The author explains that at the time of the Mitra kings and contrary to the Kuṣāṇa norm, circulating coins would loose their validity with the death of the respective ruler. Based on the archaeological data, the Mitra period ends with Level 25 in about + 25 B.C. The results of the Sonkh excavation proves a span of at least two hundred years of non Śuṅga rule in Mathurā.

Keywords: coins; Kuṣāṇa levels; Mathurā; Mitra levels; Mitra rulers; Sonkh



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