Ancient India

The history in India begins with evidence of human activity of Homo sapiens of over 75,000 years ago, or with earlier hominids including Homo erectus from about 500,000 years ago. Ancient India is one of the first civilization and has helped shaped the present world.

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Ancient India

What were harappan pottery made out of?


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Is Panini of Ancient India a girl?


Panini was the Rishi who wrote the Sanskrit grammer A S H T A A D H A A Y E E

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Why Mohenjo- Daro is famous in Pakistan?

It is an ancient city of the Harrapan Civilization. The city is famous for having running water to nearly every house and being a planned city. Mohenjo-daro is also famed for the discovery of many seals and inscriptions in Indus script. To see photos of some of these, visit 'Indus Script Dictionary' on Facebook.

Ancient India

Sculpture on metal in harappan civilization?

A bronze statue of a dancing girl was found in a Harappan city, and a few of the stamp seals were made of copper instead of the usual soapstone or ceramic.

Ancient India

What is the harappan art?

Many fine examples of Harappan art can be found on the stamp seals made by people of the Indus Valley Civilization, which lasted from 3300 BC to 1900 BC in South Asia. The seals were usually made of baked clay or steatite (soapstone). Other examples of Harappan art include stone and bronze statues and painted pottery.

To see examples of Harappan seals, go to 'Indus Script Dictionary' on Facebook.

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What is a Harappan soapstone seals?

The Harappan soapstone seals were used to sign names and stamp cargo with destinations. They were used in India and Pakistan from 3300 BC to 1900 BC, and the seals usually had an animal figure and a line of writing on them. To see examples of Harappan seals, visit 'Indus Script Dictionary' on Facebook.

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How did the Ganges River impact ancient India?

The Ganges river affected India by it being a reliable water source and it was said if an untouchable touched you ,you had to bathe in the Ganges river. When the river flooded it would make good fertile soil once the flood died down. The fertile soil is perfect for crops.

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How did the gupta empire decline?

It fell because of the lack of resources and political power

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What were the accomplishments of the Gupta Dynasty and why is it called a golden age of India?

The famous historian L.D. Barnett compared Gupta period to the Periclean Age of the Greeks and described it as the Classical Age of India.

The Gupta dynasty was referred to as the golden age because this was the period in Indian history when literature, architecture, and fine arts flourished and were at the peak of excellence.

Classical age is where literature, architecture, and fine arts reach a high level of excellence to form a standard for later times. Therefore, all other art forms that would come about in the future would be compared to the art forms made during the Gupta period. Numerous things were achieved during the Gupta age in India.

India's greatest philosophers and play-writes existed at this time and the famous Sanskrit author named Kalidasa wrote two dramas and three poems, and he was known as the Shakespeare of India.

During Gupta dynasty many outstanding ideas of mathematics evolved, like Binary number system, decimal system, negative numbers, algebra, and the concept of zero.

The coins of the Gupta age were spectacular, and are one of the main resources to historians who study the Gupta empire in depth.

To know more details about the Gupta empire, one recommended book is "The wonder that was India" by A.L Basham

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Did ancient India worship gods?

yes, because in ancient India, from the early man to the coming of Aryans all worshiped gods. The early man worshiped the forces of nature, the Harrapans worshiped the animal gods & others, and the Hindus or Aryans worshiped the present Hindu gods. But due to development of early man & the invasions of Aryans, the gods of early man & Harrapan civilization got forgotten with time.

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Why did Mohenjo-Daro disappear?

There were some theories but most likely there was a cannibalistic virus which regenerates the body after recently deceased by virus, it was named Kuru Kuru.

Ancient India

The history of which classical civilization was shaped by the monsoon cycle the Himalaya Mountains and the Indus River?

It's not ancient Egypt! It's the Maurya Empire.

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What did the people trade in indus river valley civilization?

They traded cotton cloth, bronze items, gold, lapis, carnelian, agate, shell, metals such as tin and lead, grain, dried fish and ceramics.

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What two natural features protect Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro from invaders?

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What other ancient civilization did the Harappan trade with?

Sumerians mentioned in their records that ships and goods had come from 'Meluhha', their name for Harappa.

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What goods did people from ancient India have?

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How was mohenjo daro built?

It was one of the largest city settlements of the indus valley civilization. It is sometimes referred to as "an ancient Indus valley metropolis". It was the most developed and advanced city in South Asia, during its peak. It had great sense of city planning, the roads were nicely built, excellent drainage system with drains along the streets. There was no shortage of food and grains as they used to store them in bigger godowns. It was built around 2600 B.C and abandoned around 1500 B.C. It is located at Sindh, Pakistan.

The city had a central marketplace, with a large central well. Individual households or groups of households obtained their water from smaller wells. Waste water was channeled to covered drains that lined the major streets. Some houses, presumably those of wealthier inhabitants, include rooms that appear to have been set aside for bathing, and one building had an underground furnace (hypocaust), possibly for heated bathing. Most house have inner courtyards, with doors that opened onto side-lanes. Some buildings were two-storeyed.

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What did the fortress of Mohenjo-Daro have?

A brick bathhouse, storage buildings, and government buildings, and running water.

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How was Aryan society different from Harappan society?

The Aryan society didn't move their herds of cattle when they travel ,also they would stop at a place build a civilization unlike the Harappans.

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Why do historians know less about the indus river valley civilization than about ancient egypt and mesopotamia?

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How was Aryan culture different from Harappan culture?

Aryans were warrior tribes and Harappan Civilization was centered on the Indus River Valley. So they were different in this one way.

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How might the location of both Harappa and Mohenjo Daro led to their end?

the indus river flooding, invasions from persia.

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What is one reason that scholars do not completely understand important parts of Harappan society?

Because scholars have not yet learned to read their language so we know very little about Harappan society

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Why is so little known about the Harappan society What is it that you DO know about the nature of that society?

Part of the problem is the lack of writing. Many other civilizations have numerous texts that - once deciphered - grant a significant understanding of several aspects of the society. Only a very few sources or writing are known for this civilization, and the extreme lack of sources has hampered any attempt to decipher it.

Another problem is a lack of artifacts. While the layout of many of the buildings and the general layout of the town is known, few artifacts were found within it. Either they were taken when the people left or looters have long since removed them. Much of our understanding of ancient civilizations comes from artifacts. For example, if we find pottery of a certain type, then it might show that trade existed with this other settlement or civilization - where that type of pottery is common. It might also reveal clues as to what methods the civilization used to make and fire pottery, what understanding they had or lacked regarding how to make and apply glazes, and so forth.

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How was Aryan culture different from the Harappan society?

their religions were different


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