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  • Welcome to the Indus Civilization.
  • This Indus river civilization existed 5000 years ago in the modern countries of Pakistan and northern India. The largest Indus cities were named Harappa and will Mohenjo-Daro.
  • Three reasons why the people chose to live in the river valley were they used water in religious ceremonies, they needed water to drink, wash, and irrigate their field crops, and it kept the land green and fertile for growing crops.
  • The Indus Valley was located along the Indus River that begins in the Himalayan mountains and ends at the Arabian Sea.
  • Earlier houses were made out of oven baked mud bricks. New houses were built on top of the old houses so roofs were flat and served as a nice place to sleep on the hot nights.
  • Houses were tall and packed with many people, most if not all homes has very few or no windows at all. The families that were considered rich or wealthy had courtyards which allowed them to have more room.
  • Indus towns were planned out itch roads wide enough for two elephants and the drainage gutters on the sides.
  • When the Indus people pressed the seals they had design/made into soft clay it would leave a copy of itself on the clay. When the Clay dried hard it would be used as a tag which would then be tied to a pot or basket. Others would be used as labels to show who owned a sack of grain.
  • The Indus people use the seals to show owneship or to show that the correct tax has been paid.
  • Most seals show prints of animals or Indus gods.
  • Traders with travel long distances in boats to exchange their goods, they might have swapped two sacks of wheat for one basket of minerals.
  • Trade was important in the Indus Valley because they had no money.
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