Understanding the Discovery of the Harappan Civilization


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.

Illustrated with archival photographs and based on Dr. Lahiri's original research, this talk tells a fascinating story that reaches back into the 19th century and includes forgotten figures like the hapless Luigi Tessitori who might have helped put the clues together sooner if fate had not intervened.

It also serves covers the history of the excavations at Harappa in the first part of the 20th century, and how a group of archaeologists, mostly Indian, tried put ancient Indus civilization fragments together into a coherent whole.