World History 1 42 - 3.4 The Indus Valley Civilization

By the end of this section, you will be able to:

  • Analyze the growth, development, and decline of the Indus valley culture
  • Describe the cities of Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa
  • Identify key themes in Indus valley religion and culture

More than fifteen hundred miles east of Mesopotamia, in the fertile valley of the Indus River, another early civilization developed in the early third millennium BCE as a peer of ancient Sumer. Early in the second millennium BCE, however, the cities of this Indus valley culture experienced decline. Lacking written records, historians have only cultural artifacts on which to base any speculation about the rise and fall of this spectacular culture, which undoubtedly influenced subsequent civilizations that arose in South Asia.

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The content of this course has been taken from the free World History, Volume 1: to 1500 textbook by Openstax