Friday, January 18, 2013

Picture Day Friday: Indus Valley Civilization

Pottery from the Indus Valley Civilization at the Mohenjodaro Museum in the Larkano district of Sindh, Pakistan.

The Indus Valley Civilization was a Bronze Age civilization (3300–1300 BCE) located in the northwestern India and Pakistan. It is one of the world's earliest urban civilizations, along with its contemporaries, Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt. However, at nearly 487,000 square miles, the Indus Valley is the largest ancient civilization.

Carnelian handicrafts, carved seals, daily items made from copper, bronze, lead, and tin, and so on have been discovered during the excavations of Mohenjodaro and Harappa among other Indus Valley Civilization sites. One of the hallmarks of the civilization are the civic structures: cities built of brick, public baths, roadside drainage systems, and multi-storied houses.

[Image copyrighted by the Mohenjodaro Museum.]