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Recent views of Harappan civilization:

Oct 12, 2000 01:34 PM
by arthra999

The following was from a archeological site on the subject of Harrapa 
on-line. It confirms what Shams mentioned earlier about the
For a civilization to reach the state of such development would 
require quite a long development. As of now there has been no 
translation (Rosetta Stone) of the Harappan inscriptions. Scientists 
are still unable to explain how they disappeared...some suspect 
ecological problems with the disappearance of the then river system, 
others suspect earthquakes and natural disasters.... Very few 
scientists believe today there is evidence of an Aryan invasion...The 
sophistication of town planning and broad streets is evident....with 
plumbing and such for every structure...the cities were set up on a 
parallelogram model. The following is an excerpt:

"Harappa was the largest ancient urban civilisation. It was larger 
than Pharaonic Egypt. It extended up to 1.5 million sq km (larger
western Europe), from Turkmenistan and Kashmir in the North to Delhi 
in the East and Godavari in the South. On the West was the Arabian 
Sea. Traditional historians refer to that part of the Harappan 
civilisation found around the Indus river as the Indus valley 
civilisation. Sites found in Harappa and other parts far away from
Indus was referred to as Harappa and was for a long time considered
another civilisation that developed around the same time. By the
scholars had corrected this impression and began to look at the whole 
region as one civilisation. Today,  the word Harappan is preferred
the civilisation was not confined only to the Indus river. The 
Harappans were probably trade-oriented, luxury-conscious and urbane 
people. Their town-planning and script indicate the degree of 
sophistication they had achieved. But then these also indicate that 
they were not influenced by the Egyptians, Mesopotamians or
According to B B Lal, the seals, vases and art objects recovered from 
Harappans sites indicate that the Harappans preceded and influenced 
the Mesopotamians." 


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