A Mystery At Mohenjo Daro

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A Mystery At Mohenjo Daro

Five Fundamental Facts1. Harappa was the first civilization in India. It was established about 2600 BCE on the Indus River, near the Arabian Sea. (Nardo 17-18) 2. Mohenjo Daro was one of Harappan's largest cities. You can visit its ruins today. (Nardo 18-19)

A Mystery at Mohenjo Daro

BibliographyTexts: Boehm, Richard G. Harcourt Brace Social Studies. Orlando: Harcourt Brace, 2000. Dalal, Anita. National Geographic Investigates Ancient India: Archaeology Unlocks the Secrets of India's past. Washington: National Geographic, 2007. Harcourt Brace Social Studies. Orlando: Harcourt Brace, 2000. URLs for photoshttp://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2012/is-the-harappan-civilisation-2000-years-older http://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/ancient/enlarge/mohenjo-daro.htmlhttp://blaiseshumanitiesblog.blogspot.co.at/http://twitscope.wordpress.com/2008/07/12/evidence-of-nuclear-explosion-in-ancient-india/http://www.ideografhmata.gr/forum/viewtopic.php?f=111&t=3334&start=0&sid=0772868a0c0e9b8305b5bde8104999ba&view=print

Beginning in about 2600 BCE the Harappan civilization built its well-organized cities along the Indus River. (Nardo 17-18) Inexplicably, about 1000 years later, the entire civilization disappeared. (Smith 10) Archeologists have studied the ruins at Mohenjo Daro to develop several theories explaining what may have happened. According to Dr. Monica Smith, the Indus River may have changed its path and destroyed the cities. (10) Our textbook suggests several other possiblities. Perhaps there was a flood, earthquake, or an attack by invaders. (208) Alternatively, archeologists have found evidence that the ground water became salty and so it became impossible to feed large Harappan population. (209) Archeologists will continue to study the Harappan ruins and artifacts to try to solve this mystery.

3. Mohenjo Daro had a population of about 35,000 people. It was probably the biggest city in the world at that time! (Smith 20) 4. The Harappans managed their water. They had public baths, bathrooms, plumbing, wells and sewers. (Smith 20) 5. After about 1000 years, the Harappan civilization suddenly disappeared. Nobody is sure why. (Smith 10)

The Mighty Harappans

Notice how organized the cities were? Though they stretched over a large area, Harappan cities all looked similar.

Look how geometric the cities were. They were so organized, they even had sewer systems!


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