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The Indus River Valley Civilization

The Indus River Valley Civilization, situated in modern Pakistan, was one of the world’s three initial widespread societies that are believed to be the cradles of the civilization of the ancient world of man.

The Indus Valley Civilization prevailed through its early years of 3300-1300 BCE, and its established period of 2600-1900 BCE. The region of this civilization continued along the Indus River from what these days is northeast Afghanistan, into Pakistan and northwest India. The Indus Civilization was the most outspread of the three early civilizations of the old world, along with Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. Harappa and Mohenjo-daro were thought to be the two great cities of the Indus Valley Civilization, coming to light around 2600 BCE along the Indus River Valley in the Sindh and Punjab districts of Pakistan. Their exploration and unearthing in the 19th and 20th centuries supplied relevant archaeological information about ancient cultures.


The duration of the Indus Valley Civilization is often divided into three segments: Early Harappan Phase (3300-2600 BCE), Mature Harappan Phase (2600-1900 BCE) and Late Harappan Phase (1900-1300 BCE).

At its crest, the Indus Valley Civilization may have had a community of over five million citizens. It is regarded as a Bronze Age society, and dwellers of the ancient Indus River Valley came up with new modus operandi in metallurgy—the science of functioning with copper, bronze, lead, and tin. They also executed complicated handicraft, particularly using items made of the semi-valued gemstone Carnelian, as well as seal carving— the cutting of blueprints into the bottom look of a seal used for stamping. The Indus cities are well-known for their urban planning, baked brick houses, highly structured drainage systems, water supply systems, and clusters of large, non-residential structures.


The Indus Valley Civilization is also called the Harappan Civilization, after Harappa, the first of its places to be dug out in the 1920s, in what was then the Punjab province of British India and is now in Pakistan. The explorations of Harappa, and the location of its equivalent Indus city Mohenjo-daro, were the conclusion of work beginning in 1861 with the beginning of the Archaeological Survey of India in the British Raj, the general name for British grand rule over the Indian subcontinent from 1858 through 1947.

Disappearance of the Indus Valley Civilization

So how did such a highly developed civilization fade away? Two theories attempt to put it in plain words, Aryan Invasion and Climatic Change.

The Aryan Invasion Theory (c. 1800-1500 BC)

The Indus Valley Civilization may have assembled its termination due to intrusion. According to one hypothesis by British archaeologist Mortimer Wheeler, a nomadic, Indo-European tribe, called the Aryans, all of a sudden devastated and conquered the Indus River Valley.


Wheeler, who was Director-General of the Archaeological Survey of India from 1944 to 1948, assumed that many unburied corpses found in the top stages of the Mohenjo-daro archaeological spot were sufferers of war. The theory recommended that by using horses and more superior weapons against the passive Harappan people, the Aryans may have easily conquered them.

Yet soon after Wheeler suggested his assumption, other intellectuals chucked it by analyzing that the skeletons were not victims of invasion assassinations, but rather the remains of careless burials. Wheeler himself in due course owned up that the hypothesis could not be proven and the skeletons indicated only an end phase of human occupation, with the perishing of the city structures likely a result of it becoming unpopulated.


Later the rivals of the invasion theory went so far as to state that supporters to the idea put forth in the 1940s were subtly validating the British government’s policy of imposition into, and consequent colonial rule over, India.

A range of elements of the Indus Civilization is found in later customs, advising the civilization did not vanish suddenly due to an invasion. Many scholars trusted in an Indo-Aryan Migration theory stating that the Harappan culture was comprehended during a relocation of the Aryan people into northwest India.

The Climate Change Theory (c. 1800-1500 BC)

Other research proposes the subside of Harappan society resulted from climate change. Some proficient people think the drying of the Saraswati River, which began around 1900 BCE, was the most important reason for climate change, while others wrap up that a great flood struck the region.


Any key environmental alteration, such as deforestation, flooding or droughts due to a river changing the route, could have had devastating effects on Harappan society, such as crop failures, malnourishment, and disease. Skeletal verification suggests many people died from malaria, which is most often spread by mosquitoes. This also would have caused a collapse of the economy and civic order within the urban areas.

Another disastrous transformation in the Harappan weather might have been eastward-moving monsoons or winds that carry heavy rains. Monsoons can be both helpful and damaging to a climate, depending on whether they sustain or wipe out the vegetation and agriculture. The monsoons that came to the Indus River Valley assisted the growth of agricultural surpluses, which supported the expansion of cities, such as Harappa. The population came to depend on seasonal monsoons rather than irrigation, and as the monsoons shifted eastward, the water supply would have dried out.


By 1800 BCE, the Indus Valley climate grew chilly and drier, and a tectonic occasion may have redirected the Ghaggar Hakra river system toward the Ganges Plain. The Harappans may have drifted towards the Ganges basin in the east, where they set up villages and secluded farms.

These miniature communities could not bring into being the same agricultural surpluses to sustain large cities. With the diminished production of goods, there was a turn down in the trade with Egypt and Mesopotamia. By around 1700 BCE, most of the Indus Valley Civilization cities had been deserted.