Ancient Indus Civilization Blog

335 posts, also carried on our Facebook page, about the ancient Indus Valley civilization, including important news, research and occasional visits to museums with ancient Indus artifacts.
Jan 23, 2016
1. "The word 'Lothal' in Gujarati formed by combining the words Loth and thal (sthal) means 'the mound of the dead'. The word 'Mohenjodaro' in Sindhi also conveys the same meaning." (S.R. Rao, Lothal, p. 18). 2. "Wheeler had also observed that even during the
Jan 19, 2016
"The main purpose of undertaking excavation at Lothal was to decide whether it could be considered as a true Harappan settlement where the people observed the same urban discipline and enjoyed the same material prosperity as in the metropolitan centres of Harappa and Mohenjo-daro."
Jan 10, 2016
In 1996, we unveiled this 90 slide tour by Jonathan Mark Kenoyer. It has since been viewed by millions of people. Many have been kids in schools around the world. For the new version of, a new interface has been added, as well as taxonomies and links to related items.
Jan 7, 2016
When did inhabitants use the first tools in the Indus Valley? The Neolithic Period (6500-4500 BCE) period? The Chalcolithic Period (4500-3500 BCE) period? The Bronze or Indus Period (3500-1800 BCE) period? Or 2 million years ago? Only 20% of the 1,573
Jan 5, 2016
We start 2016 and inaugurate the new by publishing long-lost images from Sir Mortimer Wheeler's personal collection. They are of the excavations he led at Mohenjo-daro in 1950.
Dec 31, 2015
Happy New Year 2016, from a relaunched, starting our 21st year and the year of the expected release of Ashutosh Gowariker's Mohenjo Daro, an epic romance with some of India's biggest stars than could do more for consciousness of the ancient Indus Civilization than so many new discoveries.
Dec 28, 2015
"In my view Hindu bathing places, such as the ghats at Varanasi, may have existed from the time of the Indus civilization.
Dec 26, 2015
"The Great Bath, which I have reserved to the last, was part of what appears to have been a vast hydropathic [water therapeutic] establishment and the most imposing of all the remains unearthed at Mohenjo-daro.
Dec 22, 2015
Lothal's sophisticated sanitary and drainage system was a hallmark of ancient Indus cities. All of Lothal's drainage channels met at right angles, engineered with several steps to separate solid and liquid wastes.
Dec 7, 2015
Farmers in the Indus valley were the first to spin and weave cotton. In 1929 archaeologists recovered fragments of cotton textiles at Mohenjo-Daro, in what is now Pakistan, dating to between 3250 and 2750 BCE.
Nov 26, 2015
The Archaeological Survey of India has apparently allocated a large sum to improve sites at Lothal and Dholavira and enhance the visitor experience.
Nov 23, 2015
Recent news includes the opening of a Rediscovering Harappa: through the five elements (water, earth, fire, air, ether) Exhibition at the Lahore Museum on November 21st, and the apparent discovery of Indus artifacts from 2600 BCE in Sikander South near Dera Ismail Khan.
Nov 18, 2015
Out now in UK - History Today - main feature by Andrew Robinson on the greatness of the civilisation western media forgets about
Plan view of the so-called "granary" or "parallel-wall structure" on Mound F at Harappa indicating areas of HARP excavations conducted in 1997 and 1999. Note that the structural remains surrounding the "granary" are, for the most part, later than the original "granary" structure.
Oct 12, 2015
Excavations at the "Granary," Harappa, Trenches 41 exposed new facts about this most puzzling of structures. Built apparently at one time, and more than once reconstructed on the foundations of a previous structure, there is absolutely no sign of grain in the rooms or hollow areas between them.
Aug 21, 2015
Google has come up with a 3D Viewer that lets you visit the Harappa Museum and parts of the site online.