Harappan Culture

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Harappan culture spread throughout the Indus valley. Like the Egyptian and ​​Mesopotamian civilizations you have studied, the culture was based on agriculture. ​​Artifacts help to explain some aspects of the culture.


In contrast to cuneiform and hieroglyphics, the ​​Harappan language has been impossible to decipher. is a written language


The housing suggests that social divisions in the society ​​were not great. Artifacts such as clay and wooden children’s toys ​​suggest a relatively prosperous society that could afford to produce ​​nonessential goods


But no site of a temple has been ​​found. Priests likely prayed for good harvests and safety from floods. ​​Religious artifacts reveal links to modern Hindu culture what may be early representations of Shiva, a major Hindu god.


Gold and silver came from the north in AfghanistanSemiprecious stones from Persia and the Deccan Plateau were crafted ​​into jewelry This access allowed Indus ​​Valley inhabitants to develop trade with distant peoples, including the ​​MesopotamiansTrading began as early as 2600 B.C.and continued until 1800 B.C.