The Mysteries Of The Indus Valley Civilization.

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The Mysteries Of The Indus Valley Civilization

4,500 years ago in a lush, green valley in the Far East, an ancient civilization was in the midst of creation. The year was 2500 BC; the age of discovery, rulers, and conquest, and no one could have predicted what would become of the little town on the banks of the Indus River over the coming one thousand years. This little town would flourish and become a giant empire, the Indus Valley Civilization, or the Harrapan Civilization as it is sometimes referred to as, one of the greatest civilizations in the history of mankind. And yet in the short time we've excavated their ancient cities and studied their detailed artifacts, we've learned that they've been the founders of many of the world's concepts, such as democracy, and to many of the world's technologies, such as the standardized weight system. However, even with the world's brightest minds and greatest technologies, we have yet to decipher the script of these ancient and mysterious people.

Therefore, we can't be sure as to what type of central government drove this amazing civilization, but, using all the information that we do know about them, we can speculate. I intend to prove that a system closely related to our modern democratic system was what these people developed by studying the organization of their cities, discussing the fact that there is no evidence of a central monarch, studying and discussing the many standards whish were evident, and discussing several other theories.

In order to discuss whether or not the civilization was powered by a democratic-like system, we must first examine the cities themselves. Now, if one were to take an aerial picture of any town or city, such as Mohenjo-Daro, one of the twin capitals, one could not help but...