Indus Valley Culture

By Lily Hagan, Kerri Hughes, and Caitlin Kinney

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Culture is a very important aspect of the Indus Valley civilization. Indus Valley has a long line of history. For one thing, they have their own writing system. That writing system is so intense people today cannot crack it. Indus Valley civilization is one of the first civilizations to come together. Religion controlled and determined most of the daily life activities. Writing changed the way business dealings were done and history was kept. Architecture impacted the study of mathematics, science and engineering. Innovations allowed for the creation of job specialization and a wider gap between social classes. Achievements paved the way for more complex economics and military systems of the civilization. The culture developments during the River Valley civilizations made the largest impact on the people.

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Fact List~Writing

  • Harappans spoke Hinduism and also developed India’s first writing system

  • Scholars have not yet learned this language so we know very little about society symbols

  • The first Aryan settlers did not read or write

  • They memorized the poems and hymns that were important in their culture

  • If people forgot these poems they would be lost forever



A cast was a way of organizing people and giving them a place in society from the time they were born.

Each child belonged to the cast to which their parents are in. You could not marry someone from another cast.

In Fact you couldn’t even talk to them!

Order of the Cast System

  • Brahmans- They were priests, scholars, and teachers

  • Kshatrija- Warriors and Kings

  • Vaysalla- Farmers, artisans, and Merchants

  • Sudra- Servants

  • Diliets- were not even considered to be part of the class



There are many elements that have contributed to the Indus Valley civilization. All of these things have really formed the culture of this civilization. Business dealings, economies and job growth were just some results of the many cultural innovations they had developed. Their daily lives and activities really depended on where they fell in the cast system and their religion. All of their achievements show how advanced and developed the people of the Indus Valley civilization really were.