Harappa

By Collin Hudson

Language

  • Made of seals and stamps.
  • Impossible to decipher.
  • About 400 symbols make up the language.
  • Linguist have not found any inscriptions that are bilingual.

Culture

  • The presence of animal images on many types of artifacts is very important.
  • Few weapons and warfare have been found suggesting that conflict was limited.
  • Could afford to produce nonessential goods like clay and wood.
  • The housing suggests that social divisions in the society were not great.

Religion

  • Theocracy.
  • No signs of temples.
  • Priests likely prayed for good harvests and safety from floods.
  • Religious artifacts reveal links to modern Hindu.

Trade

  • Gold and silver came from the north in Afghanistan.
  • Seals were found in Mesopotamia.
  • Semiprecious stones from Persia and the Deccan Plateau were crafted into jewelry.
  • Trading began as early as 2600 B.C. and continued until 1800 B.C.
  • The Indus River provided a link to the sea which developed trade with distant cultures.
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