Earliest Civilisations: The Indus Valley

Block F - Religion in the Indus Valley

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.

This is a thought-provoking block about the religion of the Indus Valley people. Learn about some similarities between modern religions in the Indus Valley region and evidence of religious practices during the Indus Valley civilisation and discuss the evidence we have in this fascinating area.

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01: Seals and figurines

Find out about Indus Valley seals; design and make your own seal.

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02: Writing

Discover that no-one is able to read the Indus Valley script; appreciate how significant it would be if the writing had been deciphered; describe some pictograms that we use today toconvey information; design your own pictogram.

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03: Links to other religions

Learn about some similarities between modern religions in the Indus Valley region and evidence of religious practices during the Indus Valley civilisation; discuss objects that might be buried with people today and compare with the Indus valley civilisation; draw an image of a grave with buried objects that an archaeologist may excavate in thousands of years.