Indus Civilization

Did you know that the ancient civilization of the Indus Valley was ahead of their time in… Plumbing?! The Indus civilization stands out because it showed the beginnings of urbanization in history and withstood a good portion of history as non-violent people. They had their own writing system, which is still a mystery to this very day to anybody who tries to decipher it (AHE 2013). This 4,600 year-old civilization’s downfall began with the Aryan invasions (USH 2016). The Indus people are a very interesting civilization!

First of all, the Indus people were leaders of urbanization. They had advanced wells, bathrooms and plumage systems (AHE 2013). They were very skilled at craftsmanship and devoted much time and energy towards it. Some examples of their work are pottery, textiles and beads (USH 2016). With their amazing city structures and caste divisions, they carved their place in history. Their cities were considered “engineering masterpieces” (USH).

Second of all, not only were they urbanization geniuses but also non-violent people. Their people believed in peace, had few weapons and no army (USH 2016). Religion affected the Indus Valley’s Caste system. Priests were the highest position in the social structure because they were the connection between the god and the people (Brooks 2012). They had no defined leader yet they were very peaceful people. It is still a wonder how this civilization lasted as long as it did.

They were a very urbanized society with a peaceful lifestyle. In my opinion they died because they were so peaceful. Don’t you agree?




AHE. “Indus Valley Civilization.” Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 30 Oct. 2013. Web. 19 Oct. 2016.

Brooks, Amber. “Indus River Valley Civilization.” N.p., 14 Sept. 2012. Web. 26 Oct. 2016.

USH. “Early Civilization in the Indus Valley.” Independence Hall Association, n.d. Web. 19 Oct. 2016.



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