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  • 5,000 years ago there was a culture in the Indus Valley. Do you know where the Indus Valley is located?
  • The Indus Valley was located along the Indus River that begins in the Himalayan mountains and ends at the Arabian Sea.
  • People settled by the Indus River for three top reasons. First, there was a supply of drinking water. Second, the river made land farmable. And third, the river was an easy route of transportation by boat.
  • The Indus Valley had two large cities where 80,000 people lived. One city was called Harappa and the other was Mohenjo-Daro. Archaeologists first thought the Indus culture to be peaceful because there were few weapons found and no evidence of major battles. However, the cities had tall walls and strong gates that probably were there to keep out enemies. Also skeletons have been found that were beaten to death with heavy clubs. So they were probably no more or less peaceful then anyother culture.
  • Indus towns were planed out. The roads were wide enough for two elephants and had drainage gutters on there sides. This was done centuries before Western Europe.
  • The earliest houses were built from mud bricks. New houses were built on top of old houses. Roofs were flat and served as a nice place to hang out on a cool evening.
  • Most of the houses were tall but packed with people. Richer families had courtyards which allowed for more room. Some kids had pet monkeys. Archaeologists have found dice implying that Indus children may have even played board games.
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