Earthen Jars insitu Harappa SP 3443

This photograph of a jar illustrated in the center of Trench A(e) (Vats 1947, Plate IX), shows the base of a large jar that was probably used as a latrine. There are two smaller vessels that were probably used for pouring water after using the toilet. They were possibly accidently dropped or discarded into the latrine and not retrieved. The use of these large jars as latrines was not recognized by the earlier excavators and such vessels were often called “post-cremation” burial urns because some times they did contain ash, charred animal bone and the occasional human bone.

See Kenoyer, J. M. 1998. Ancient Cities of the Indus Valley Civilization. Karachi, Oxford University Press, p. 60, Fig. 3.17.

See also a small baked brick structure with sump pots from more recent excavations.

- Jonathan Mark Kenoyer, 2023.

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[Original caption] Earthen jars in situ A (f) 318

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