John Marshall

Sir John Marshall was a prominent British archaeologist and scholar who focused on the archaeology India and the Indus Valley site - Mohenjo-daro.

Terminal Signs

These are the five most common terminal signs on the Indus Valley seals according to Iravatham Mahadevan's analysis (1982:316).

The first sign (from the left), the most common in the Indus script (10% of all known signs), is read by him as denoting a

Sealing

One of the longer inscriptions made from a seal found during Mackay's excavations between 1927-1931 in Mohenjo-daro (D.K.

Trough

The unicorn always has this object in front of it. There are at least five theories about this object. Mackay and Marshall thought it was the feeding trough or "manger" still seen in Sindh today.

The Unicorn

If the figure does represent a cattle species, the clearly carved collar, garland and necklace could help explain its function. Sacrificial animals in village India are often garlanded and decorated similarly today.

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