Earliest Civilisations: The Indus Valley

Block D - Craftspeople and Trade

Find out about this fascinating early civilisation based in the Indus Valley and place it on a world timeline. Be amazed as you learn how this civilisation functioned and its cities grew and flourished. Discover day to day life, investigate the evidence we have for this civilisation and speculate why the civilisation ended.

Find out about the creativity of the Indus Valley people and try your hand at making some of the artefacts that you study. Learn about the process of trade and the goods involved.

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01: Craftspeople

Learn about some of the objects that Indus valley craftspeople produced; find out how potters created pots during the Indus Valley civilisation and then make a pot in the style of an Indus Valley craftsperson.

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02: Jewellery

Describe some Indus Valley jewellery; list the materials that Indus Valley jewellers used and then make a necklace or bracelet in the style of Indus Valley jewellery.

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03: Trading

Discover the trade routes and modes of transport used by traders of the Indus Valley civilisation; learn some of the goods which were traded; make a set of balance scales in the style of those used by the Indus Valley traders.

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04: Bartering

Use role play to try bartering; list the types of goods that could be bartered; play and evaluate a simulation game about Indus Valley traders.