Ancient Indus Civilization Videos

39 ancient Indus civilization videos curated by Ilona Aronovsky (the few worth watching).

The author of Finding Forgotten Histories How the Indus Civilization was Discovered tells the story of the earliest investigators and discoveries that led to Harappa and Mohenjo-daro being recognized as remants of a large Bronze Age Civilization that we now know stretched over much of the north-western subcontinent.

1:05:03 Jonathan Mark Kenoyer

Dr. Jonathan Mark Kenoyer discusses some of the earliest trade items linking coastal, interior Indus and distant regions together. They were also important public symbols of identify, gender, wealth, status and ethnicity.

1:04:15 Steffen Laursen

The leader of the Danish expeditions excavating the ancient civilization of Dilmun, now in Bahrain, a key connector between the ancient Indus and Mesopotamian civilization. Towards the end of the Indus civilization, it seems as if Indus people helped establish seal and weight technologies and other cultural practices that led to a flourishing of this civilization.

33:22 Jonathan Mark Kenoyer

Dr. J.M. Kenoyer surveys the rise of the ancient Indus civilization, its indigenous origins and how the latest research is changing our perspective on the civilization. This includes new research on climate change, raw material procurement, the wide expanse of the civilization and connections between cities, the earliest levels at Mohenjo-daro, the first glimpses of DNA research. A comparison of cities and discussion of recent research initiatives. An excellent illustrated survey.


Dr. Jonathan Mark Kenoyer discusses the oldest evidence of cotton in the world, at the site of Mehrgarh in Balochistan, and early uses of cotton and other fibres in the ancient Indus civilization. Examples of textile use compared with similar patterns and usage in modern times. Extensively illustrated, including with an image of the oldest known textile remnant from roughly 7000 BCE. Maps show movement of cotton and other textile goods in the wider region. Covers the many tools used by ancient craftspeople.


Jonathan Mark Kenoyer's Deccan College Lecture on April 10 2021 goes into the earliest evidence of textiles in the greater Indus Valley, from Mehrgarh in 7000 BCE through Indus times, digging into the specific varieties of cotton, linen, flax, silk and other plant fibers and even colours used. Illustrated and comprehensive, from an expert archaeologist who brings in evidence from other forms of expression like pottery and ornamentation that are linked to textile remnants.

20:33 Dennys Frenez, Jonathan Mark Kenoyer, Sophie Mery

Dennys Frenez describes the extensive finds from the Indus civilization in Oman, including a variety of pottery types, seals, etched carnelian beads and more. Beautifully illustrated, includes the work of Jonathan Mark Kenoyer and Sophie Mery.

24:05 Jonathan Mark Kenoyer, Dennys Frenez, Maurizio Cattani

Jonathan Mark Kenoyer presents recent finds made by the Joint Hadd Project which includes Dennys Frenez and Maurizio Cattani (U. of Bologna, Italy) that has revealed a wide variety of Indus artifacts at this coastal site. From pottery, black-slipped jars from Mohenjo-daro, beads, cotton, steatite beads, drills and more that testify to the close links between HD-1 and the ancient Indus region between 2700 and 2000 BCE.

1:32:26 Gwen Robbins Schug

A wide-ranging, illustrated talk on bioarchaeology and climate change, and the many misconceptions people have about the latter. In the case of the ancient Indus Valley civilization for example, the inhabitants demonstrated many strategies for dealing with varying environmental conditions, so that attributing the decline of the civilization to climate change is likely incomplete. Dr. Schug deals with more than the ancient Indus civilization, but also looks at Indus sites and some of the recent finds at Sinauli.

45:47 Jonathan Mark Kenoyer

The keynote lecture at the University of Kerala's March 2021 international webinar on Indus Civilization by Dr. Jonathan Mark Kenoyer (University of Wisconsin, Madison). An in-depth, fully illustrated look at ornamentation, ideology and its role across the wider Indus Valley, from the carnelian that comes from Gujarat that was worked on at sites like Harappa, to the steatite from Hazara that was worked on in areas far to the south.

50:58 Sudeshna Guha

A review of archaeological history and perspective in India from its origins in colonial times through Independence. The role of museums and politics in formulating archaeological practice and display, and how colonial practice remains current in the way we look at the ancient Indus civilization.

Dr. Guha's scholarly article Decolonizing South Asia through Heritage- and Nation- Building which is the basis of this talk is also available.

1:05:12 Jonathan Mark Kenoyer

Dr. Jonathan Mark Kenoyer delivers the 23rd Gulestan and Rustom Billimoria Endowment Lecture at the Asiatic Society of Mumbai, Dec. 14, 2020. A deep exploration of the Indus script and its evolution in the context of Indus civilization and other neighbouring Bronze Age cultures and their writing systems. Profusely illustrated, and including the latest research by leading scholars.

1:21:32 Jonathan Mark Kenoyer

Dr. Jonathan Mark Kenoyer compares three ancient Indus urban centers in the 3rd millennium BCE. An expansive, illustrated look at Indus civilization and its many threads from Mehrgarh in 7000 BCE on, with a focus on domestication, indigenous populations and trade networks.

31:43 Jonathan Mark Kenoyer

The keynote talk at the January 2020 Conference on the Indus Script at Mohenjo-daro covers larger themes on the Indus Valley civilization, the latest research and promising avenues of exploration by a variety of scholars present.

2:36 Rajesh P.N. Rao

A well done clip from the US PBS series on First Civilizations presents seals as tools of trade and among the world's first branding vehicles. Stunning seal close-ups, erudite narration.