Discovering Pakistan

5, 000 years of Civilization & Culture

Legacy of the Indus Valley Civilization

Mark Kenoyer talks about some of the cultural and social contributions of Ancient Indus cities to the Early Historic period in the Indian subcontinent – for e.g., pottery & jewellery-making … Continue reading

February 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Cult of Bibi Nani

In Baluchistan today, an obscure saint called Bibi Nani, “Venerated Old Lady”, is revered by Muslims and Hindus alike.  Prolific Pakistani travel writer Salman Rashid opines that Bibi Nani’s cult … Continue reading

February 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Photos of Indus Valley Sites & Artifacts III

More photos from the Images of Asia collection of ancient Indus Valley objects & excavation sites, featuring the work of Mark Kenoyer, Omar Khan and others. Click on a thumbnail … Continue reading

February 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

A Ruined City in Punjab & Its First Explorers

Read the first chapter of Indian author Nayanjot Lahiri’s book “Finding Forgotten Cities“, the dramatic story of how the city of Harappa was “discovered” and documented in the 19th-20th century … Continue reading

February 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Meeting the Challenge of the Indus Script

The 4, 500 year-old undeciphered Indus Valley script remains one of the world’s most puzzling mysteries. In this essay, Finnish Indologist Asko Parpola discusses the possible origins and interpretations of … Continue reading

February 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Feeding the Cities

Indian-born American archaeologist Mark Kenoyer talks about the various crops grown by Indus Valley peoples, the livestock they kept, and the type of foods and spices they enjoyed – traditions … Continue reading

February 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Photos of Indus Valley Sites & Artifacts II

More photos of Indus Valley excavation sites, houses, streets, drains, seals, figurines and jewelry, courtesy the Ancient Indus collection at Images of Asia. Click on any thumbnail to enter a slideshow and … Continue reading

February 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

People & Professions

Indus archaeologist Mark Kenoyer discusses the various crafts and professions that thrived in Indus Valley cities, from tax-collectors to basket-weavers, perfumers and actors, and even describes the 4, 500 year-old antecedent … Continue reading

February 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

No Golden Tombs, No Fancy Ziggurats

Read Indian historian Shanti Menon’s article on the Indus Valley Civilization and what sets it apart from its Bronze Age contemporaries. The article was originally published in Discover Magazine in 1998. … Continue reading

February 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

Indus Cities, Towns & Villages

Indus Valley expert Mark Kenoyer describes the layout and structural features of ancient Indus cities in Chapter 3 of his book, “Ancient Cities of the Indus Valley Civilization“. Read excerpts … Continue reading

February 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

Trade Winds to Meluhha

Read a chapter from Indian author Vasant Davé’s fictional work about the adventures of a Sumerian boy in Bronze Age Indus Valley. Based on the latest archaeological research, Davé re-creates life in … Continue reading

February 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Demise of Utopia

A paper investigating the major factors suggested to have caused the so-called collapse of the Indus Valley Civilization, by Chris J.D. Kostman. This paper was first published in the “Journal of the … Continue reading

February 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Harappan Seals

A presentation of Harappan seals, depicting animals, objects, human activities and more, with descriptions and interpretations. This presentation was put together by the Huntington Archive at Ohio State University. Click … Continue reading

February 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Water Supply & Sewage Disposal at Mohenjo-Daro

Author M. Jansen discusses one of the most exemplary features of the Ancient Indus cities – their urban sanitation system. This paper was first published in the “World Archaeology” Journal. … Continue reading

February 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Alluvial Cities

Read a chapter from “Empires of the Indus”, a non-fiction book by British journalist Alice Albinia, covering the writer’s journey from Karachi to Tibet following the course of the Indus River. … Continue reading

February 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Photos of Indus Valley Sites & Artifacts I

See photos of buildings, pottery, jewelry, statues, seals and other objects excavated at Indus Valley sites over the years. This collection is hosted by Images of Asia and features the work of … Continue reading

February 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Ancient Cities of the Indus Valley

Jonathan Mark Kenoyer is a contemporary American archaeologist, and one of the world’s leading authorities on the Indus Valley Civilization. Read the introductory chapter from his 2010 book, “Ancient Cities … Continue reading

February 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

First Light on a Long-Forgotten Civilization

In 1922, a team of Indian archaeologists, led by Sir John Marshall, made an astounding discovery –  a sophisticated, indigenous civilization had flourished in the Indus River Basin 5,000 years … Continue reading

February 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Harappa

In the 1850s, British archaeologist Alexander Cunningham began investigating a ruined city called Harappa, bricks from which had been used as ballast by East India Railway Company engineers for a Lahore-Karachi … Continue reading

February 13, 2013 · Leave a comment