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Jiroft Civilization

An introduction to the recently discovered city of Jiroft in south-eastern Iran which existed at the same time as the ancient Indus civilization. Unfortunately, much of the site was looted before the Iranian authorities cracked down and little is known about them except that theirs was a well-developed culture, possibly linked to ancient Elam or Arrata, and from the third millenium BCE.

The Story of India (2009) BBC

Image of the Curator at the Harappa Museum
12 minutes (from 14.30-26.00)
Michael Wood's BBC Documentary series on the history of India, blocked to UK viewers for copyright reasons, viewable elsewhere. Indus Valley civilization features from 14:30 to 26:00. Wood visited Harappa and discussed migration and possible effect of climate change on the settlements of the Indus people, with an expert from Imperial College, London.

The Indus Valley Civilization: The Masters of the River

Image of complex water system and conduits for water remova
52 minutes
Episode 3 in the French TV series "Civilisations" (2006), in both English and French. A well-done professional introduction to the city of Dholavira and an explanation of the irrigation and aqueduct system, collection of rain water and water reservoirs, with a CGI reconstruction of the city by NTV.

The Lost Civilization: Exploring Harappan Remains at Dholavira

17 minutes
A documentary on the discovery and excavation of Dholavira, a major Harappan site in Gujarat, India. Footage introduces the important features of the site, such as its sophisticated water harvesting system in a semi arid region, & the only example anywhere of a large Indus inscription once set over a gateway. Artefacts in the museum are shown. The site is contextualised in the geography of the region, and Lothal and its industries as a port, trading city with access to the Persian Gulf and Mesopotamia also feature.

Dravidian Proof of the Indus Script via the Rig Veda: A Case Study

An important new paper by one of the foremost figures in Indus script research, Iravatham Mahadevan, who takes a popular four sign sequence and offers an interpretation.

Amar Jaleel at Mohenjo-daro

Walking tour around Mohenjo-daro
7:40 minutes
Walking tour of Mohenjo-daro in 2013. High Quality footage, some captions, no commentary, very useful for education purposes - to introduce the site, and promote discussion of its key features and buildings. Includes the Museum & shows damage done by erosion. Essential to compare what the site looks like now with the ASI photographs taken by the First Excavators in the 1920's & 30's

Science Versus Social Science - did the Rains do the Harappans in?

Distinguished Lecture, University of Hyderabad
47 minutes
Professor Ratnagar critiques environmental theories as the sole explanation for the End of the Harappan Tradition, and suggests political collapse of the state is a crucial consideration: Distinguished Lecture at the University of Hyderabad

Commodities and Things: The Kulli in Context

A closer look at the mysterious Kulli culture of Balochistan that both pre-dated and was contemporaneous with ancient Indus culture, and apparently was part of an elaborate trading network that stretched west as far as the Jiroft culture in Iran.

Living Symbols

A spectacular exhibition opened on June 24, 2014 at the National Museum of Oriental Art (MNAO) 'Giuseppe Tucci' in Rome, Italy. Living Symbols presents a group of painted protohistoric objects from the 4th and 3rd millennium BCE, illegally excavated in Balochistan and seized in 2005 by the Italian police. Although much about their provenance is lost, they are apparently from the little know Nal Buthi and Kulli cultures that preceded (Nal) and accompanied (Kulli) the height of Indus culture.