Lesson 4 of 32
3. Indus Valley Civilization Facts
Indus Valley Civilization was the Largest Among the other Four Vivilizations of the world (Mesopotamia, Egypt, and China)
- The Indus Valley Civilization was spread over an area of 1,260,000 sq. km over modern-India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan
- The civilization extended from Ghaggar-Hakra Valley in the east to Markran coast of Baluchistan in the west, from Afghanistan in the northeastern to Daimabad in Maharashtra in the south.
The Population of Indus Valley Civilization was over 5 Million
- The civilization had over 5 million inhabitants.
- Most of the inhabitants of the civilization were artisans and traders.
Nearly 1056 Cities Have Been Discovered
- 1056 Harappan cities and settlements have been found of which 96 have been excavated.
- Most of the settlements are mostly located in the broad region of the Indus and Ghaggar-Hakra Rivers and their tributaries.
- The major urban centres are: Harappa, Mohenjodaro, Dholaviral, Ganeriawala and Rakhigarhi.
Majority of the Population Lived in Villages and It is Not Evident
- Majority of the population of Indus Valley Civilization lived in villages. it is not evident as the villages may have been constructed of destructible materials like mud or timber.
- Hence, it is difficult to find out the lifestyle and culture in these villages which have been lost over a period of time without any trace.
Scholars and Archaeologists are Uncertain About the Naming
- Since the first settlement was discovered along the banks of river Indus, the archaeologists named the civilization as Indus Valley Civilization.
- But on contrary only around 100 sites have been found in the Indus Valley, while over 500 sites are found along the Gaggar-Hakra River (The present-day Saraswati River).
- Most of the archaeologists prefer to call them as ‘Indus-Saraswati Civilization’ based on the two river systems, while others prefer to name them as Harappan.
- Civilisation as the first settlement was discovered in this city (Harappa).