Wiki Loves Monuments: Photograph a monument, help Wikipediaand win!HarappaFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaFor the historical civilization known as the Harappa, see Indus Valley Civilisation.HarappaHarappaCoordinates: 30°38′N72°52′ECountryPakistanProvincePunjabDistrictSahiwal DistrictTehsilTime zonePakistan Standard Time (UTC+5)Harappa(Urdu/Punjabi: ہپڑہ, pronounced [ppa ]ɦəɽəː) is an archaeological sitein Punjab, northeast Pakistan,about 35 km (22 mi) west of Sahiwal. The site takes its name from a modern village located near the formercourse of the Ravi River. The current village of Harappa is 6 km (4 mi) from the ancient site. Although modern Harappa has a train station left from the British times, it is today just a small (pop. 15,000) crossroads town.
The site of the ancient city contains the ruins of a Bronze Agefortifiedcity, which was part of the Cemetery H cultureand the Indus Valley Civilization, centered in Sindhand the Punjab.The city is believed to have had as many as 23,500 residents—considered largefor its time.The ancient city of Harappa was greatly destroyed under the British Raj, when bricks from the ruins were used as track ballast in the making of the Lahore-Multan Railroad.In 2005, a controversial amusement parkscheme at the site was abandoned when builders unearthed many archaeological artifacts during the early stages of construction work. A plea from the prominent Pakistani archaeologist Ahmed Hasan Danito the Ministry of Culture resulted in a restoration of the site.Contents[hide] 1History2Culture and economy3Archaeology4Suggested Earliest writing5Notes6See also7References8External linksHistory
Location of Harappa in the Indus Valleyand extent of Indus Valley Civilization(green).