A large number of seals and inscribed objects were discovered in excavations on the eastern edge of Mound E from 1993 to 1997. This view of excavations in Trench 10W shows two rooms of houses along the edge of a north-south street.
Ancient Indus Valley civilization seals
Button seal from the upper layers of Mound AB. Although this seal was found in mixed deposits dating to the Harappan and Late Harappan Periods, the carving suggests that it is actually an Early Harappan seal, dating to around 2800-2600 BCE.
The discovery of a button seal is always exciting. Mushtaq, one of the excavation assistants from Harappa Town is proud to have found the second seal of the 1998 excavation season.
This fired steatite button seal from the Kot Dijian Phase (Period 2, 2800-2600 BCE) shows a unique pattern that may be an early form of the Harappan script sign that may represent "house" or "temple."
Other animal motifs appearing on seals found primarily at the largest cities include dangerous wild animals like the rhinoceros, the water buffalo, the gharial (crocodile) and the tiger.
This silver seal with a unicorn motif is one of two found at Mohenjo-daro.
Mackay 1938: Vol. 1, p. 348, Vol. 2, Pl. XC,1; XCVI, 520.
Terracotta sealing from Mohenjo-daro depicting a collection of animals and some script symbols. This sealing may have been used in specific rituals as a narrative token that tells the story of an important myth.
Long rectangular seals and a terra cotta sealing (bottom) with Indus script. The top seal has seven signs of Indus script. The back of this seal is convex and it is perforated from the side.
A collection of seals and tablets from a single house along the main street leading to the southern gateway of Mound E at Harappa.