indus valley civilization

Points to be remember 

  1. Indus valley civilization is also known as Harappa civilization, Bronze age and Proto historic period.

  2. It is known as Harappa civilization because it is first site to be excavated.

  3. It is known as Bronze age because Bronze is discovered in that period.

  4. It is known as Proto historic period as no written evidences of this period were found.

  5. Indus valley civilization is spread where Indus Valley River is connected like Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, western Uttar Pradesh ,Rajasthan, Gujarat and northern Maharashtra.

  6. John Marshall has discovered Indus valley civilization.

  7. Largest site of Indus valley civilization is Mohenjodaro.

  8. Largest site/place under Mohenjodaro is Great Granary

  9. Largest public site under Mohenjodaro is Great bath

  10. Largest site of Indus Valley is Rakhigiri in india.

  11. Capital of Indus valley civilization is Harappa and Mohenjodaro

  12. Town planning is good in this period .

  13. The main crop is wheat and Barley. Sign of Rice was also found in Lothal and Rangapur,where rice is cultivated.

  14. Indus valley people was the first to produce cotton in the world.

  15. Indus valley people were Trade with Mesopotamia (Iraq), Persia(Iran) and Afghanistan.

  16. Bead making factory existed in Lothal and Chandudaro

  17. Import-Gold (from Kolarmines Karnataka), Silver (from Persia), Copper (from khetri ,Rajasthan).

  18. Export-Wheat ,Barley,cotton,rice and bead.

  19. No metallic currency was available on this period.Barter system was used.

  20. They worshipped proto shiva,goddess , bull and papal tree.

  21. At Kalibangan and Lothal fire altars have been discovered.

  22. Furrowed field has been discovered at kalibangan.

  23. Harappan civilization was the first urban civilization.

  24. Most of the site of Harappan site found in Gujarat.

  25. Ink pot has been discovered in chandudaro.

  26. Cemetry H and R-37 have been discovered at Harappa.

  27. Teracotta plough has been discovered at Banawali.

  28. The pottery found were red and black colour.

  29. The script was pictographic.

  30. The writing was Boustrophedon.

  31. Mohenjodaro is sindhi word “meaning mound of dead”.

Indus Valley Civilization

The ancient people of India have a continuous civilization since the pre historic age of 40001 BC.when the first people of the world began to live.Most probably first people came to india from Africa. Initially they gathered in the north part of India and their only profession was hunting. In 4000 BC they moved to the Indus valley civilization and took farming as main profession.

  1. The Indus Valley Civilization was an ancient civilization, today it is located at Pakistan and northwest India

  2.  The most accepted period 2500 BC to 1750 BC(by carbon-14 dating)

  3.  the term Indus valley civilization first used by famous scholar john marshall.

  4.  The Indus civilization was spread over sindh, Baluchistan, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujrat, western U.P. and Northern Maharastra.

  5. It was the believe of scholars that Harappa-Ghaggar-Mohenjodaro axis represents the heartland of the Indus valley civilization.

  6. In Around 4000 BCE and 3000 BCE,Farming settlement begans.

  7. By 2600 BCE. ,there appeared the first signs of urbanization.

  8.  Between 2500 and 2000 BCE ,dozens of towns and cities had been established, and the Indus Valley Civilization was at its peak.

Site of Indus valley civilization 

The site of Indus valley civilization are:-
• Harappa
• Mohenjodaro
• Chanhudaro
• Lothal
• Kalibangan
• Banawali
• Dholavira
• Surkotada
• Daimabad
Mohenjodaro-the largest site of Indus valley civilization
• Dholavira:-The largest Indian site of Indus valley civilization
• Surkotada(kutchh district,Gujrat):-The only Indus site where the remains of horse have actually been found.

Excavators of  Indus Valley  Site

• Daya Ram Sahni(1921)
• Madho Swaroop Vasta(1926),
• Wheeler(1946)

• Rakhal Das Bannerji(1922)
• Mackay(1927)
• Wheeler(1930)

• Mackay(1925)
• N.G.Mazumdar (1931)

• S.R.Rao(1954)

• Amalanand Ghosh (1951),
• B.B.Lal and B.K.Thapar (1961)

• R.S.Bisht(1973)

• J.P.Joshi(1967-68)

Main Crops of Indus valley 

  • Wheat and Barelys

    • Dates

    • Mustard

    • Sesamum

    • Cotton etc

Exports and Imports 


  • Gold from Kolar(Karnatka),Afghanistan,Persia(iran)

    • Silver from Afghanistan,Persia(iran),south india

    • Copper from Khetri(Rajasthan),Baluchistan ,Arabia

    • Tin from Afghanistan ,Bihar

    • Lapis Lazuli and sapphire from Badak-Shan(Afganistan)

    • Jade from Central Asia

    • Steatite from Shaher-i-Sokhta,Kirthar Hills

    • Amethyst from maharastra etc


  • Agriculture product

    • Cotton goods

    • Terracotta figurines

    • Pottery

    • Certain beads from chanhudaro

    • Conch-shell from lothal

    • Ivory product

    • Copper etc

Common features of major cities

  •  town planning is systematic on the lines of grid system.

  • Use of burnt bricks in construction

  • Underground drainage system(giant water reservoirs in Dholavira)

  • Fortified Citadel(exception-Chanhudaro)

Decline Of Indus Valley Civilization    

 Many reasons were given for the decline of the indus valley civilization, but none of it are confirmed.Few of them are,

  1. Earthquake: As sites lie on the border of Eurasian plate and Indian plate, it was suggested that the tectonic plate movement resulted in the earthquake leading to the fall of civilization.

  2. Floods:Heavy floods caused by Indus and its tributaries.

  3. Change of course of River: Due to earthquake the course of river was changed leading to the famine in the sites, however this been ruled out as the geological processes takes longer time to change.

  4. Aryan Attack: Remains of the civilization indicate that there was an invasion by the outsiders leading to the end of civilisation .As we also know Indus valley civilization people were peace lover from the fact that they were more tools than weapons.This might have made them vulnerable to the attacks.But the facts which contradicts this is Aryans were migrants and not invaders and the period of arrival of aryans doesn’t match with decline of Indus valley civilization