Indian History Sourcebook
Paul Halsall - email@example.com
Sindhu (Indus) Civilization
Omar Khan - firstname.lastname@example.org
Harappa.com is a media spigot to South Asia's past. The
objective is archaeological: literally in the case of the
ancient Indus Valley Civilization, metaphorically in the
excavations of early modern media from the Raj period.
Ancient Harappa, founded over 5,000 years ago, was one of the
world's first cities. Today it is the first ancient Indus
urban center being researched with modern scientific and
multi-disciplinary tools. We are grateful to a number of the
world's leading Indus scholars, particularly those working at
Harappa, for sharing their work on the Website. The goal is to
make this little known civilization's rich heritage and new
discoveries accessible to a wide audience.
This is a very large website and is a homage to the legacy of
the civilization which was nurtured by the Sarasvati and
Sindhu rivers in NW India ca 3000 B.C. for nearly two millenna.
The story of the civilization is a herald of the dawn of the
bronze age, evolving from the chalcolithic (copper-stone) age.
River is adored in the Rigveda as: ambitame, nadi_tame,
devitame (best of all mothers, best of all rivers,best of all
godesses). She is a mother because she nourished a
civilization on her banks. She
is a river which had flowed from the Himalayas to the Arabian
Sea carrying the glacier waters which are today carried by the
Sutlej and Yamuna rivers. Over 1200 of the 1600 archaeological
sites of the civilization unearthed during the last 70 years
have been found on the Sarasvati River Basin.
sequence of desiccation of the Sarasvati river matches the
sequences of migrations of settlements away from the banks of
the river towards the east, west and south and thus from the
mists of history into the dawn of historical periods bursting
forth with advances in metallurgy, alchemy, medicine, culture,
mathematics, philosophy and language.