The ancient Indus port of Lothal as envisaged by the Archaeological Survey of India.
Slides by Dinesh Shukla- a variety of photos and images of the archaeological site Lothal - which have contributed to the continued study of the ancient Indus Valley civilization.
The dominant sight at Lothal is the massive dockyard which has helped make this place so important to international archaeology.
An inlet channel 1.7 meters above the bottom level of the 4.26 meter deep tank allowed excess water to escape. Other inlets prevented siltation of the tanks and erosion of the banks.
A long wharf connected the dockyard to the main warehouse, which was located on a plinth some 3.5 meters above the ground.
Near the warehouse, also on a high plinth, is the upper town or acropolis which spans 128 by 61 meters and has extensive drainage systems.
The rooms of the upper town were obviously built for upper classes. They had private pathed brick baths and a remarkable network of drains and cesspools.
The proximity of the seat of power to the warehouse may have ensured that the ruler and his entourage could inspect stocks easily. An ivory workshop in the acropolis suggests that elephants may have been domesticated to produce the raw material.