Large earthenware Vat SP 3372

"Four trial trenches were dug in site F in places which appeared most favourable for examination. One of them to the west of the main trench disclosed at the depth of about 8 feet a well-preserved water reservoir lined with brick and provided with a narrow covered channel (Plate XX, fig. a). By the side of the tank was standing a large earthen jar with its pointed bottom fixed in the ground. It was filled with earth in which were smaller jars and terracotta figurines. [For jar in situ, see Slide 9]"

- Daya Ram Sahni, 1926. Annual Report Of The Archaeological Survey Of India 1923-24, pg 52. Pl. XXa cited.

This large storage jar with narrow base has a very thick heavy rim that is more characteristic of vessels dating to the later part of the Harappa occupation (Harappa Period 3C), around 1900 BCE and on into the Late Harappa Phase (Harappa Periods 4 and 5) (1900-1300 BCE). The fact that it was filled with smaller vessels and some terracotta figurines indicates it was being used as a sump pot or latrine.

- Jonathan Mark Kenoyer, 2023.

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[Original caption] large earthenware vat No A (a) 18 found in trench A (a)

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