Ancient Indus Valley Civilization Books

120 new and classic books on the ancient Indus civilization, from exhibition catalogues to excavation reports, from the scientific to the creative fiction for adults and kids.

Daimabad 1976-79

Daimabad by Sali

Discovered in 1958, the excavations between 1976-79 by the Archaeological Survey of India shed much light on this late and post-Harappan site in Maharashtra, then the southern-most known Indus site.



Bahao is an historical fiction novel which has been recognized by B.B.C. as an Urdu classic. The novel is set in the Indus Valley Civilization.

The Harappa Files

The Harappa Files

Although it has little to do with the ancient Indus Valley, this amusing graphic novel invokes those times to acidly comment on the breathtaking modernization of India.

Fire Seer (Coalition of Mages)

Fire Seer by Amy Raby

Taya has risen from humble roots to become a fire seer in the Coalition of Mages. Eager to prove herself, she arrives in the town of Harappa to locate a “jackal”—a mage operating outside the Coalition’s authority—who has murdered three people.

Harappa Excavation Reports 1986-1990

Harappa Excavation Reports 1986 - 1990

The excavations at Harappa in Punjab (Pakistan) conducted by joint USA and Pakistani teams since 1986 have provided much detailed new information on the development, nature, and significance of this large ancient Indus civilization urban center. Free PDF.

Deciphering the Indus Script

Deciphering the Indus Script  by Asko Parpola

Summing up thirty years of groundbreaking investigation by a Finnish Sanskritologist and world's expert on Indus writing. By far the best, most comprehensive guide to the Indus script problem.

Trading Encounters

Trading Encounters by Shereen Ratnagar

A revised edition of Shereen Ratnagar's Encounters: The Westerly Trade of the Harappa Civilization. The book explores the scope of the trading contacts of the centres that fell within the "Indus Valley" civilizations.

End of the Great Harappan Tradition

The End of the Great Harappan Tradition by Shereen Ratnagar

This fascinating book suggests alternatives to the 'environmental catastrophe' theories of Harappan civilizational collapse, with a discussion about the nature of the Harappan state and what its weaknesses might have been. The civilization is placed in a wider geographic setting to explore not just the internal factors but also those operating within the Bronze Age at large.