Indus Valley Civilization - August 27, Thursday Around 3000...

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August 27, Thursday • Around 3000 BCE, definitely before 2500 BCE • Non-Aryan • Pre-Aryan • Discovered in 1920 • First evidence of “Pre-Aryan” civilization in the Indian subcontinent • Discovery initiated discussion on extra-Aryan cultures in India
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• Urban civilization • Ruins of at least 2 cities: Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro • Advanced architecture • City Planning • Progressive agriculture • Language • Commerce • Use of metal (copper, no iron) • Religious practices • Single and Multi-story brick houses • Stratification of society • Social Structure: to support stratification • Infrastructure for construction & maintenance
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Covered Sewers • Cleanliness as a secular/aesthetic value? • Advanced engineering The Great Bath • Purification ritual (?) • Sophistication – Inlet and outlet for water – Cleaning system etc. • Evidence of complex city-planning • City as the center of civilization/administration • Center of power • Flow of resources from villages to the city
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This note was uploaded on 02/12/2010 for the course ASST 104 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.

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