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The Indus Valley civilization flourished around 2500 BC and declined in about 1750 BC It was located in the western part of South Asia in what today is Pakistan and western India It is often referred to as Harappan Civilization after its first discovered city Harappa In slide number 14 Public well Harappa A large public well is seen This was probably used for religious reasons Other similar smaller wells were used for washing clothes and public bathing The people who built cities containing these features and ruled them belong to the Indus Civilization This civilization developed at about the same time as the early Egypt and Mesopotamia The ruler of the city decides how the city will be laid out usually putting the bath at a center point of the town Public wells were very organized when being laid out water tight due to fitted bricks and a form of plaster This was a high technology for the time period when invented This is one reason why the Indus Valley civilization was very organized and precise in planning and executing plans for the city that would benefit the public The similarities in plan and construction between Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa indicate that they were part of a unified government with extreme organization In slide number 56 Bull figurine Art is used to express what they were feeling or seeing instead of tampering with the poor writing system Many people in ancient Harappa thought art was an easier concept to grasp and did so in many drawings and sculptures This specific figure is of a bull with no hump bulls were used for many tasks in Harappa as well as many other native animals Many other artworks consisted of seals inscribed with animals and gods used in religious ceremonies or for just everyday use Many of the local animals including elephant tiger rhinoceros buffalo antelope were represented on the seals so frequently
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