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Harrapan Civilization

World Studies Harrapa Project

Laura Goralka

on 7 October 2012

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The Harappan Civilization Exploring the world of Harappa (circa 3000-1500 B.C) Technology .... Harappans had to grind, carve, and drill to create decorations Harappans also had water wells, a system of waste removal, bathing houses, and sewage drains. The sewage drains would either be emptied into the Sabarmati River or used as fertilizer. Background .... Harappa was one of the major urban cities of the Indus Valley The water wells were mostly for bathing, they got drinking water from the Ravi River. Harappa was discovered in 1826 and first excavated in 1920 by the Archeological Survey of India. Record Keeping .... They had over 400 symbols/picture signs for writing. Harappans would write and read in a zigzag formation: the first line would read from left to right, the second from right left, etc. Only a few could read and write, mainly scribes and traders. Advanced City .... Harappa had architecture that was unparalled with bricks, citadels, decorations, and a grid-like street pattern. Major streets were wide, and less-active ones were more narrow 90% of citizens were farmers. Others included merchants and scribes. This is what it was believed the farms would have looked like. Harappans would mostly trade by sea. Beck, Roger B. World History: Patterns of Interaction. Evanston, IL: McDougal Littell,

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Web. 05 Oct. 2012. <http://fiveprime.org/hivemind/tags/harappa>. Indian ocean Skilled Workers .... Scribes Traders/merchants/artisans Architects Farmers Economy .... Harappans didn't have a currency, so they used weight instead. They would weigh the goods and exchange and trade based on the weight. Blocks of different materials were used to weigh the goods. Harappans traded food, pots, beads, and cotton cloth. Government .... There haven't been many discoveries about Harappan government, however it is believed that there was a ruler and laws. Religion .... Polytheists: Believed in multiple gods It is believed that the great bath was a place for rituals
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