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Cities of the indus valley chapter 3 section 1

Cities of the Indus ValleyChapter 3 Section 1

Mr. Marsh

Columbus North High School

Which of the following two water bodies influenced early indian civilization
Which of the following two water bodies influenced early Indian civilization?

  • Yellow and Yangzi rivers

  • Indus and Ganges rivers

  • Arabian and Mediterranean seas

  • Tigris and Euphrates rivers


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The finding of the indus valley
The Finding of the Indus Valley Indian civilization?

  • The Indus Valley Civilization was discovered in 1922

  • Little is known about the Civilization

  • First Cities in the Indus Valley were developed around 2500 BC

Geography of the subcontinent
Geography of the Subcontinent Indian civilization?

  • Three Major Regions

    • Northern Plain

    • Dry Triangular Deccan

    • Coastal Plains

Indus valley civilization
Indus Valley Civilization Indian civilization?

  • First Civilization was founded around 2500 BC

    • Present day Pakistan

  • Lasted for around 1000 years

  • No records have been found to name kings, queens, tax records, etc…

Well planed cities
Well Planed Cities Indian civilization?

  • Harappa

  • Mohenjo-Daro (moh HEHN joh DAH roh)

    • Both Cities where laid out in large rectangular blocks.

    • Grid Pattern

    • All houses built uniform

    • Modern plumbing systems

    • Uniform weights and measure

What evidence suggests that the indus valley cities had a well organized government
What evidence suggests that the Indus Valley cities had a well-organized government?

  • well-planned cities

  • writings on stone seals

  • records left by kings

  • statues of goddesses


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Farming and trade
Farming and Trade well-organized government?

  • First to cultivate cotton, and weave fibers into cloth

    • Farming was driving by two major things

      • Melting snow from the Himalayan Mountains (Northern Plain)

      • Summer Monson Rains (Coastal Plains)

  • Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea allowed the Indus people to trade with those of Mesopotamia

    • Contact with Sumer lead to the development of writing in the Indus Valley

Religious beliefs
Religious Beliefs well-organized government?

  • All based on speculation by archeologist

  • Polytheistic

    • Mother Goddess, the source of creation

    • Sacred Animals

      • Believed to be the major reason for Indian beliefs towards cattle

Decline and disappearance
Decline and Disappearance well-organized government?

  • By 1750 BC the civilization began to decline

  • No real evidence on why

    • Theories include

      • Volcanic eruption which blocked the Indus river causing the valley to flood

      • Earthquake

      • Tsunami

      • Overuse of natural resources

Disappearance well-organized government?

  • Scholars believed by 1500 BC the final blow was given

  • Nomadic newcomers known as Aryans

    • Arrived from Southern Russia

    • Horses, superior weapons…

The indus river and lower town
The Indus River and "lower town" well-organized government?

Lower town
Lower Town: well-organized government?

Lower town1
Lower Town: well-organized government?

Lower town2
Lower Town: well-organized government?

Great bath and granary
Great Bath and Granary well-organized government?

Great bath sd area looking north
Great Bath, SD Area, looking north well-organized government?

Corbelled drain exiting the great bath
Corbelled Drain exiting the Great Bath well-organized government?

What is this
What is this? well-organized government?


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Kingdoms of the ganges chapter 3 sec 2

Kingdoms of the Ganges well-organized government?Chapter 3 sec. 2

Mr. Marsh

Columbus North High School

Aryans well-organized government?

  • Indo-European group that migrated across Europe and Asia in search of water and food

    • Nomadic tribe

  • Most of what is known about the Aryans has come from the Vedas

    • Collection of prayers, hymns and religious teachings

      • Time period became known as the Vedic Age

During the vedic age the aryans changed
During the Vedic age, the Aryans changed well-organized government?

  • from nomads to farmers.

  • from warriors to merchants.

  • from servants to rulers.

  • from farmers to nomads.


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Aryan society
Aryan Society well-organized government?

  • People were divided by occupation not income

  • Three Basic Groups

    • Brahmins or priests

    • Kshatriyas (kuh SHAT ree yuhz) warriors

    • Vaisyas (vis yhuz) herders, farmers, artisans and merchants

      • Warriors were seen as the highest tier but with time Brahmins claimed they were the only ones that could please the gods

Aryan society cont
Aryan Society Cont’ well-organized government?

  • Felt superior to the Dravidians (the people they conquered)

  • Dravidians and non-Aryans became the fourth group, known as Sudras (soo druhz)

  • With time class divisions came to reflect social and economic status a much more complex system known as “castes”

    • You are born into your castes and you can not change that status

Aryan religious beliefs
Aryan Religious Beliefs well-organized government?

  • Polytheistic

    • Gods and goddesses of fire, earth, wind, sun, moon, war, etc….

    • Also had animal gods and goddesses

    • With time a notion of a single spiritual power beyond the gods developed called “’Brahman”

    • Move toward mysticism

      • Spiritual truth through meditation

        • Religions that emerged after the Vedic age reflected the impact of mysticism

Expansion and change
Expansion and Change well-organized government?

  • As Aryans conquered they mingled and took from other civilizations, soon they gave up the nomadic way of life for farming

  • Aryans begin to settle the Ganges basin by 800 B.C.

    • Tribal wars began over territories between Aryan tribes

    • By 500 B.C. a new Indian Civilization had emerged

    • Indian people had developed a written language, Sanskrit

      • Vedas start to be written

Epic literature
Epic Literature well-organized government?

  • Even with written language the Oral tradition stayed a mainstream with the Aryans

  • Two major epic poems were kept in Oral context

    • Mahabharata (muh HAH bah rah tuh)

    • Ramayana (rah MAH yuh nuh)

Mahabharata well-organized government?

  • 100,000 versus

  • Epic battles between the Aryans

    • One episode Bhagavad-Gita (BUGH un vuhd GEE tuh) reflects important Indian religious beliefs about the immortality of the soul and the importance of duty

Ramayana well-organized government?

  • Major moral lesson is the role of men and women

    • Men- taught the model of virtue

    • Women- loyal and obedient to her husband

Looking ahead
Looking Ahead well-organized government?

  • Aryan religion develops into two of the worlds largest religions

    • Hinduism and Buddhism