World History: Journey Across Time

Chapter 6: Early India

Student Web Activity

"Early India"

In this chapter you have learned about India's first civilization. Harappan, or the Indus civilization, began in the Indus River Valley. The civilization was named in honor of its first discovered city - Harappa. As you know, the Harappan left no written records. What we know about this early civilization has been concluded by studying the ruins left behind. Harappa was first excavated by British explorers and archaeologists in the 19th century. In this activity, you will learn more about the Harappan civilization by visiting the Web site featuring the discoveries of leading Indus scholars. The work of the Harappa Archaeological Research Project has brought new insight to India's first civilization. Visit to review the findings of these archaeologists and gain a better appreciation for the civilization that sprang to life on the banks of the Indus River.

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Begin at and select "Indus Valley."

  • Next, click on I: 90 Slide Introduction. Select "Watch the slide show."
  • View the slide show, taking notes as you go.
  • After you've read through the slides, browse some other features on the Web site, including the 3-D tour of Harappa.

After you have read these pages, answer the following questions.

What types of natural resources were extracted from the nearby Himalaya?
Why do some scientists believe that the city of Harappa was home to a large granary? What missing evidence prevents us from knowing whether the large structure was actually a granary?
Archaeologists have discovered a substantial amount of manufacturing materials in what they refer to as a crafts quarter. Specifically, what materials were discovered?
What material was widely used in crafts and figurines?
Imagine you are a college student interested in working on the Harappa Archaeological Research Project. In order to be awarded an internship, you must compose a brief essay, detailing an interesting discovery of the site. Your essay should be brief, but it should include a detailed account of the item and your interpretation of its use and significance.
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