Ancient Indus Civilization Videos

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

A lecture from November 6th, 2016 by one of the leading ancient Indus experts brings to bear a lot of recent information: excavations in Oman indicating strong Indus connections, research on the multiple origins of the civilization, the many causes of decline, burial practices (or not). Full of interesting facts and images and reflections gathered during 50 years of field work that few archaeologists have had with Indus materials and sites.

The talented filmmaker Saqib Mausoof's work on Mohenjo-daro integrates the ancient into lived experience from individual viewpoints of a range of people inspired by Mohenjodaro, ideas about it, and its iconic artifacts; Mohenjo-daro ought to be far better known, and conserved and it can mean many things to us.

Novelising the Ancient Indus Valley

The Author of Trade Winds to Meluhha discusses how to encourage writing of fiction set in Harappan times, and its sites, through competitions and events. Bringing the Ancient Indus to life in this way could be a useful tool to promoting & developing tourism, generating income, and also creating jobs.


A documentary on the discovery and excavation of Dholavira, a major Harappan site in Gujarat, India. Footage introduces the important features of the site, such as its sophisticated water harvesting system.

Dr. Jonathan Mark Kenoyer

A lecture by Dr. Jonathan Mark Kenoyer which examines and analyzes a variety of artifacts from the Indus Valley people .

Indus Valley Civilization ruins

A short documentary of Indian history from the civilisations of Mohenjo Daro and Harappa through the ages until Islamic Imperialism. Featured historians include Sunil Kumar, Dr Vivek Nanda of UCL, Dr David Hardiman of Warwick University.

Michel Danino gives a guest lecture on Harappan civil engineering

A lecture on the brilliance behind Indus architecture and civil engineering, with a focus on Dholavira. Michel Danino is an advocate of the Vedic origins of the Indus Civilisation.

Image of complex water system and conduits for water removal

Episode 3 in the French TV series "Civilisations" (2006), in both English and French. A well-done professional introduction to the city of Dholavira and an explanation of the irrigation and aqueduct system, collection of rain water and water reservoirs.

An introduction to the recently discovered city of Jiroft in south-eastern Iran which existed at the same time as the ancient Indus civilization. Unfortunately, much of the site was looted before the Iranian authorities cracked down.

Image of the Curator at the Harappa Museum
12:00 (from 14.30-26.00) Michael Wood

Michael Wood's BBC Documentary series on the history of India, blocked to UK viewers for copyright reasons, however viewable elsewhere in the world.

Walking tour of Mohenjo-daro in 2013. High Quality footage, some captions, no commentary, very useful for education purposes - to introduce the site, and promote discussion of its key features and buildings. Includes the Museum & shows damage done by erosion.

Professor Ratnagar critiques environmental theories as the sole explanation for the End of the Harappan Tradition, and suggests political collapse of the state is a crucial consideration.

Urdu/Hindi. Nice shots of the site, but a lot of talking heads, sometimes accurate, sometimes not.

A fascinating public lecture about the Tata Institute research and what a mathematical approach to the Indus script can suggest.