The Indus Valley Civilisation

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Prior to the 20th Century, the Indus Valley Civilisation had been lost to history. In the 1820's, a British army deserter made the first record of ruins at the site of Harappa (Carr 2006). 50 years later, a British General, the head of the Archaeological Survey of India, visited the site and collected a variety of artefacts, including pottery, stone tools and seals...
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Despite the discovery that Harappa was in fact an ancient city, thousands of bricks were removed from the site to build houses and the ballast for a British-constructed railway! (Carr 2006, Wolpert 1993). Nearly one hundred years later, the then director of the Archaeological Survey of India, Sir John Marshall, began a more thorough excavation of the Harappan city and a year later, 600 km south, the city of Mohenjo-daro was uncovered...
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