Indus civilization architecture. Indus Valley Civilization: Town Planning, Art, Social Life and Religion 2018-12-27

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Architecture in Indus Valley Civilization

indus civilization architecture

It is made out of red sandstone with three marble domes, very similar to the. The more organized sedentary life also led to a net increase in the birth rate. The ancient Indus systems of sewage and drainage developed and used in cities throughout the Indus region were far more advanced than any found in contemporary urban sites in the Middle East and even more efficient than those in many areas of Pakistan and India today. By 2002, over 1,000 Mature Harappan cities and settlements had been reported, of which just under a hundred had been excavated, mainly in the general region of the Indus and Ghaggar-Hakra Rivers and their tributaries; however, there are only five major urban sites at the peak of the settlement hierarchy: Harappa, Mohenjo-daro , , in and. It flourished most significantly along the Indus River and its tributaries including the Jhelum, Chenhab, Ravi, Sutlej and Ghaggar Hakra rivers. With the collapse of the the architecture also suffered considerable damage.

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Indus Valley Civilization: Harappan Arts, Crafts

indus civilization architecture

There is abundant evidence of stone masons marks similar to those at Persepolis. Following early efforts by General Alexander Cunningham, director general of the Archeological Survey of Northern India, the first major archeological discoveries of Indus Valley civilization were made at Harappa, in the present-day Punjab province of Pakistan, followed by Mohenjo-Daro in the Pakistani province of Sindh. This belongs to the 6th-5th century, B. Men used shawls which were drawn over the left shoulder and under the right arm so as to leave the right arm free. Some other scholars are of opinion that they were from the same stock of the Sumerians or the Cretans. This may suggest that religious ceremonies, if any, may have been largely confined to individual homes, small temples, or the open air. The type of brick used, ensured the durability of the buildings.

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Indus Civilization

indus civilization architecture

It was here where some truly amazing features have been discovered. Mohenjo-daro Mohenjo-daro and Harappa were the largest cities of the Indus Valley Civilization among all over 100 towns and villages which have been discovered so far. The city had an impressive defense structure in place as well. On one particular seal we find a figure with two horns on two sides of a tall head dress surrounded by wild animals and sitting in an erect meditative posture or a yoga posture. Some buildings unearthed are the Great Bath, Granaries, residential houses and the Assembly Hall.

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Indus River Valley Civilization Indian History AP World History

indus civilization architecture

It was destroyed and reconstructed for nine times. Where the Sarasvati valley sites are concerned, we find that many of them are sites of local culture with distinctive pottery, clay bangles, terracotta beads and grinding stones , some of them showing Harappan contact, and comparatively few are full-fledged Mature Harappan sites. The average size of the ground floor of a house was about 11 square metres but there existed many bigger houses. A commercial class and various artisans such as the mason, engraver, shell worker, gold smith, weaver, carpenter etc. The Emperor had forbade construction of a dome over his tomb, and thus the roof is simple and free of any embellishments.

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Harappan architecture

indus civilization architecture

There was also a drainage system that ran along the streets to each of the houses. Sophisticated drainage systems were distributed throughout the city, carried dirty water and sewage outside of living spaces. This is a practice followed by Hindus even today. In addition, buildings of monumental importance such as the in Lahore or the mausoleum established with white marble known as for the founder of the state expressed the self-confidence of the nascent state. These weights were in a ratio of 5:2:1 with weights of 0. According to one estimate, the population of the Indus civilization at its peak may have been between one and five million. Vessels of the first type are thick and heavy with almost monochromatic decoration; usually rows of painted animals and geometric designs.

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Indus Valley Civilisation

indus civilization architecture

The system had manhole covers, chambers, etc. The style, a fusion of British and Indo-Islamic elements also developed. The Dravidians were native people that established the civilization. However, there is one important exception to this and that is the -cut architecture of India. Rakhal Das Banerjee, the then Archaeological Superintendent of Western Circle noticed a Buddhist stupa at Mahenjo-daro in the Larkana district of sind now Pakistan.

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Indus Civilization

indus civilization architecture

The standardised dimensions of these bricks, found in the many cities across this civilization, are remarkable. The rich made the ornaments of gold, silver, ivory, faience and other semi precious stones like lapis-lazuli, carnelian, agate and jasper. The most recent excavations have been made at Mehrgarh - a site discovered in 1974 by French archeologists Jean-Francois Jarrige and Catherine Jarrige - on the Kacchi Plain of Balochistan, Pakistan, where some 32,000 artifacts have been collected. It is observed that throughout the cities there were not many monuments, palaces, or temples. These cities were maintained for 300 to 400 years and then gradually abandoned as the Harappan peoples resettled in scattered villages in the eastern range of their territories, into the Punjab and the Ganges Valley.

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Pakistani architecture

indus civilization architecture

In the north, the Shang Dynasty formed along the Western bend of the Hwang He River near what would become the city of Chang'an or Xian'yang called Xi'an in modern China. Archaeologists have discovered a massive, dredged canal and what they regard as a docking facility at the coastal city of in western India state. The civilization's economy appears to have depended significantly on trade, which was facilitated by major advances in transport technology. Drains were made of gypsum, lime and cement, covered with portable stabs. In the center of the bath area was the swimming pool. Some of the first cities they built were Harappa and Mojen-Daro.

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Indus Valley Civilisation

indus civilization architecture

A number of gold, terracotta and stone figurines of girls in dancing poses reveal the presence of some dance form. Jade was collected from Central Asia. All the houses had access to water and drainage facilities. They are also noted for their baked brick houses, elaborate drainage systems, water supply systems, and clusters of large, nonresidential buildings. This gives the impression of a society with relatively low , though clear social levelling is seen in personal adornments. Thus the cult of mother goddess seems to have been widely prevalent in the Indus valley.

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