Trench A Excavations from Southwest SP 3369

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"In January 1921, Rai Bahadur Daya Ram Sahni sank in the north-western part of this mound the diagonal Trench A, 16 ft. wide and 500 ft. long from south-east to north-west, starting from the centre of the mound and reaching almost to its north-western end (Pl. I). In the course of his operations here he succeeded in tracing out, in 1923-24, a little more than the southern half of the Eastern Block of the Great Granary and a small part of the Western Block also.

- Madho Sarup Vats, Excavations at Harappa: Being an account of archaeological excavations at Harappa carried out between the years 1920-21 and 1933-34. Volume I - Text; Volume II - 139 Plates., pg 18.


This photograph appears to be of the small rectangular trench indicated as Trench A (1) on the Vats plan. The actual diagonal trench A is very faint in the upper right hand corner of the image. The structures exposed in this area all appear to have been robbed of their bricks except for a few isolated segments of walls. No complete house plan was documented from this area.

- Jonathan Mark Kenoyer, 2023.

Note: SP next to the title refers to the original Silver Plate number in the ASI Records.

ASI Description: 

[Original caption] Excavations at N-West end of trench A from S-W

Delhi ASI Number: 
380/86
Silver Plate: 
3369