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Lecture: November 16 th The Rise and Fall of Urbanism in the Indus Valley Mohenjo Daro: - The site was made of fired brick , which would have required a large energy source, and an enormous amount of pyrotechnic technology, such as large kilns, which were likely located outside of the urban center. Note that in Mesopotamia, cities were built of sun-dried bricks. - Wells: Coming into a house, a foyer, there is sometimes a well. Wells require 600-800ft of digging, and there are 600-800 wells in Mohenjo Daro. Because not all houses have wells, it is possible that the possession of wells was a mark of class or caste. - There isn’t much in Mohenjo Daro in terms of art. - There are different scales of sewage systems: larger ones in bigger neighbourhoods. - Indicators of status do not seem to have been dependent on ritual burial, as in other civilizations. - At about 1700BC, the Urban Indus disappeared. The Indus goes back to small subsistence economy. In about 1000BC, there is a re-emergence of the urban world. Writing
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