NCERT Class 12 History Bricks Beads and Bones The Harappan Civilisation

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Bricks Beads And Bones The Harappan Civilisation NCERT Class 12

The Harappan seal (Fig.1.1) is possibly the most distinctive artefact of the Harappan or Indus valley civilisation. Made of a stone called steatite, seals like this one often contain animal motifs and signs from a script that remains undeciphered. Yet we know a great deal about the lives of the people who lived in the region from what they left behind – their houses, pots, ornaments, tools and seals – in other words, from  archaeological evidence. Let us see what we know about the Harappan civilisation, and how we know about it. We will explore how archaeological material is interpreted and how interpretations sometimes change. Of course, there are some aspects of the civilisation that are as yet unknown and may even remain so.

1. Beginnings
There were several archaeological cultures in the region prior to the Mature Harappan. These cultures were associated with distinctive pottery, evidence of agriculture and pastoralism, and some crafts. Settlements were generally small, and there were virtually no large buildings. It appears that there was a break between the Early Harappan and the Harappan civilisation, evident from large-scale burning at some sites, as well as the abandonment of certain settlements.
2. Subsistence Strategies
If you look at Maps 1 and 2 you will notice that the Mature Harappan culture developed in some of the areas occupied by the Early Harappan cultures. These cultures also shared certain common elements including subsistence strategies. The Harappans ate a wide range of plant and animal products, including fish. Archaeologists have been able to reconstruct dietary practices from finds of charred grains and seeds. These are studied by archaeo-botanists, who are specialists in ancient plant remains. Grains found at Harappan sites include  wheat, barley, lentil, chickpea and sesame. Millets are found from sites in Gujarat. Finds of rice are relatively rare. Animal bones found at Harappan sites include those of cattle, sheep, goat, buffalo and pig. Studies done by archaeo-zoologists or zooarchaeologists indicate that these animals were domesticated.
Bones of wild species such as boar, deer and gharial are also found. We do not know whether the Harappans hunted these animals themselves or obtained meat from other hunting communities. Bones of fish and
fowl are also found.


1. List the items of food available to people in Harappan cities. Identify the groups who would have provided these.

2. How do archaeologists trace socio-economic differences in Harappan society? What are the differences that they notice?
3. Would you agree that the drainage system in Harappan cities indicates  town planning? Give reasons for your answer.

4. List the materials used to make beads in the Harappan civilisation.  Describe the process by  which any one kind of bead was made.
5. Look at Fig. 1.30 and describe what you see.  ow is the body placed? What are the objects placed near it? Are there any artefacts on the body? Do these indicate the sex of the skeleton?

6. Describe some of the distinctive features of Mohenjodaro.

7. List the raw materials required for craft production in the Harappan civilisation and discuss how these might have been obtained.
8. Discuss how archaeologists reconstruct the past.

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Theme I Chapter 1 Bricks, Beads and Bones The Harappan Civilisation
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Theme I Chapter 2 Kings, Farmers and Towns Early States and Economies
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Theme I Chapter 3 Kinship, Caste and Class Early Societies
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Theme I Chapter 4 Thinkers, Beliefs and Buildings Cultural Developments
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Theme II Chapter 6 Bhakti-Sufi Traditions Changes in Religious Beliefs and Devotional Texts
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Theme II Chapter 9 Kings and Chronicles The Mughal Courts
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Theme II Chapter 5 Through the Eyes of Travellers Perceptions of Society
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Theme II Chapter 7 An Imperial Capital: Vijayanagara
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Theme II Chapter 8 Peasants, Zamindars and the State Agrarian Society and the Mughal Empire
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Theme III Chapter 10 Colonialism and the Countryside: Exploring Official Archives
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Theme III Chapter 11 Rebels and the Raj The Revolt of 1857 and its Representations
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Theme III Chapter 12 Colonial Cities Urbanisation, Planning and Architecture
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Theme III Chapter 13 Mahatma Gandhi and the Nationalist Movement Civil Disobedience and Beyond
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Theme III Chapter 14 Understanding Partition Politics, Memories, Experiences
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Theme III Chapter 15 Framing the Constitution The Beginning of a New Era
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