Mohenjo-Daro

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  • Mohenjo-Daro was founded around 4000 B.C. It, did not become urbanized tell 3000 B.C.
  • Welcome to Mohenjo-Daro. We live in the Indus Valley near the Indus River. We lived 5000 years ago. Let me show you into my home!
  • Indus homes were often more modern, and larger than other homes. They often had two stories and modern furnishing, such as stairs instead of ladders.
  • This is my home,and my work. We usually sleep inside, but when it is hot outside we go on the roof to sit down with friends, and cook. The roof is like another room. We spend more time on the roof than in our home.
  • This is our bathroom! We stand on the steps, and pour the fresh water on ourselves. The runoff goes into the drain, and into the sewers. The toilets have pipes, also leading to the sewers.
  • Indus bathrooms were also more modern, they consisted of indoor plumbing and drains. The Indus people got there bathing water from local wells.
  • This is our Bathing House. Do not let the name fool you this place is not for bathing! It is for purification of the mind and body. Once you touch these holy waters our mother goddess will make you pure ( Sort of like being baptized ). Our mother goddess blesses us, and gives us good health, along with fertility to people and animals!
  • The "Bathing House" was also used to purify the dead of all there sins. After the deceased was purified he/she would be cremated on the shores.
  • In the Indus Valley we use tags to show who you were bartering with. Some common symbols are rhinoceros, unicorns, and bulls. These seals are made by pressing an emblem into soft clay, then hardened in a fire.
  • Seals were also used to represent that taxes were paid. Seals are usually carved with a copper tool.
  • As amazing as Mohenjo-Daro is we can't make everything. So we go to neighboring towns by boat and trade. Some things we trade are cloth, food surpluses, vases, and other necessities.
  • Traders used boats made of reed and wood for long distance travels, and would use the stars to navigate. Farmers would usually go to neighboring towns to trade their goods.
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