Indus Civilization


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  • Hello, I'm here 5,000 years ago in Mohenjo-Daro, which is near the Indus River. The civilization near this river was in modern day Pakistan and northern India. Unfortunately, the civilization ended 200 years after it was created.
  • The homes here were made of mud brick, for they were heated in a kiln at high temperatures to make them hard and resistant to weather. Although they were safe, they weren't exactly comfortable. People would stay on the roof most of the time because it was hot and cramped inside of the houses.
  • Because the Indus people thought of purity, they took things known as Great Baths and other religious ceremonies. People have speculated that the Indus People may have influenced modern day Hinduism.
  • Although this isn't the bathrooms they had then, they had similarities. They would stand on a "shower tray" and tipped water from a jar onto them. Their toilet was mostly just a bucket, so not much there. The dirty water there would go through drainage pipes.
  • They used seals as tablets to name and organize items mostly for trading and stores.
  • The Indus people and different cities traded to get the goods they needed for their lives, and would travel by boat to get there. Unfortunately, when Mesopotamia, the city with main trading, was struggling, the trade networks collapsed. Some people think that this was a reason why the Indus civilization fell.
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