This large room or courtyard was filled with a solid mud brick platform that was almost entirely excavated to investigate the underlying room.
Ancient Indus civilization houses.
As houses were built on top of earlier structures, the windows and doorways were blocked up. Notice the changing alignments as the walls were remodeled.
This view into two small rooms shows tapered walls that were built to support a second floor. Later rooms were built directly on top of these walls because they provided a strong foundation.
A small room located at the edge of the street (in the center of the photograph) is where fourteen skeletons of so-called massacre victims were discovered.
In some neighborhoods, large courtyards were connected to numerous smaller buildings built at different levels. The pilastered wall on the left supported houses at a higher level.
The small lane at the left side of the photograph was called Dead Man's Lane because of the discovery of a single skeleton where the wall juts out into the lane. The large street running north south is First Street.
House A1 may have been a temple or palace of an important leader. Two doorways lead to a narrow courtyard at a lower level. A double staircase leads to an upper courtyard surrounded by several rooms.
Some of the later houses in HR area were constructed on top of massive deposits of garbage consisting of brick rubble, broken pottery and sometimes a thin layer of crushed, vitrified terracotta nodules.
This general view of houses in VS area shows the color of the brick walls after the use of mud brick and clay slurry for conservation.