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Parallel rural civilization to Harappa

In 2004, a Harappan site was found in the small town of Bagasara in Gujarat. This site which dates back to 2500 B.C was found to have a shell making workshop, fortifications, and knives with bone handles.

Shell bangles have been found before but not a workshop with a such a concentration of shells. The presence of the workshop reveals that the shells were cut and polished into fine bangles. Several heaps of sacred conch shells along with thousands of shell circles systematically cut from these shells have been discovered. Workshops of faience and lapidary stone beads have also been found.

The latest findings in an area of 120 meters by 120 meters in Bagasra, about 70 km away from Morbi, is the result of nine years of excavation by a team of 20 experts. The location close to the sea indicates that the people exported their wares somewhere. A six-meter thick fortification made out of mud, brick and stones enables one to reach the conclusion that the products made in the industry were well preserved. Outside the fortification were residential units.

While an entrance gate for communication between these two segments have been located at the southern wall of the fortification, another gate, maybe the one that led towards the sea, of the fortified area, is yet to be unearthed.

3 Responses to Parallel rural civilization to Harappa

  1. Ravages March 11, 2005 at 5:52 pm #

    Is this like the industrial estates and stuff that our modern indian cities have?

    Or is this rural centre, more like a out-of-the-town downtown area?

  2. JK March 11, 2005 at 9:26 pm #

    Harappa is near Islamabad and Bagasara is in Gujarat. So in that era if Bagasara was the rural outlet store, it would have been a long journey for the goods.

  3. JK March 11, 2005 at 9:28 pm #

    Here is a map of the area http://www.harappa.com/indus2/161.html

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