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Internet Investigation – Mohenjo Daro and Harrapa

Early Cities in the Indus Valley

What am I learning today? How early settlements developed in the Indus River Valley?

Directions: Using the web sites below, discover as much as you can about the development of the ancient settlements of Mohenjo Daro and Harappa. You may work with a partner, but you both have to write out the answers to the questions and take notes. Whatever you don’t finish, you must finish from home for tomorrow! Check out your text book for answers as well. Be sure to label Mohenjo Daro & Harappa on the back of this page.

  1. http://www.mrdowling.com/612-mohenjodaro.html Click on this link. Read the introduction.

  1. What were the first clues to the ancient, Indus civilization?

  2. What makes learning about these civilizations difficult?

  3. Which ancient civilization interacted with Indus River Valley civilizations?

  4. What are some possible reasons for the disappearance of this civilization?


Click on this link, then from the left hand menu, click on CONTENTS, then click on THE LAND AND ITS PEOPLE and the HARRAPA & INDUS RIVER CIVILIZATIONS.

  1. Is there a written language for the Harappan civilization?

  2. What problem do historians have with the language?

  3. What evidence do we have about this civilization?

  4. Compared to the Egyptian and Mesopotamian cultural record, how reliable and how extensive is the research related to the ancient Indus Valley Civilization?

3) http://www.sewerhistory.org/chronos/early_roots.htm Click on this link and read about the amazing plumbing system in Mohenjo Daro. Describe this system including major components and how it worked.

Check out the remaining web sites to learn more about the mysteries of the Harappan civilization. Here are some additional questions to guide your research. You don’t have to write out the answers to these questions, but you will be participating in a Socratic Seminar and you will be expected to be able discuss these topics. You may want to take a few notes!!

  1. What is known about the Harappan religion? Did they have priests, temples, rituals?

  1. Describe the cities of Mohenjo Daro and Harappa? How were they organized?

  1. What types of specializations were practiced?

  1. What evidence of trade has been found? With what other civilizations did they trade? What were their surplus crops and their domesticated animals?

  1. In your opinion, do you think the Harappan civilization had a government system? Support your opinion with specific evidence.

  1. What happened to the Harappan civilization? What caused its decline?

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/ancient/mohenjo-daro.html (good for #10)





http://www.mnsu.edu/emuseum/archaeology/sites/middle_east/mohenjo_daro.html (good for #6)



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