Indus Valley City

Indus Valley City

by Gillian Clements

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Children's Literature - Leah Hanson
Imagine discovering an unknown civilization—thousands of years old, buried under layers and layers of sand, all but forgotten, seemingly lost. What would broken pieces of pottery, shells, and carved seals tell you? Archeologists who discovered the lost Indus civilization had to answer such questions when they found the artifacts in what is now Pakistan. Building on these literal ruins, this book takes readers on a journey back in time, imagining life by piecing together what remains today. The organization of the book itself mimics the work of archeologists by showing diagrams of cities, sketches of the artifacts found, and maps of the topography of where these discoveries were made. The text asks us to look at these historical clues and then question what the objects can reveal. Historians' thoughts on Indus civilization, writings from other cultures, and traces of Indus culture that remain in today's Hindu culture are woven together to create a picture of this lost people. The book closes with several theories of why the Indus cities collapsed, but leaves readers to form their own conclusions. This book not only provides a fascinating look into an Indus city, but also serves as an effective model of how today's historians learn about the past. Part of the "Building History" series. Reviewer: Leah Hanson

Product Details

Sea to Sea Publications
Publication date:
Building History Series
Product dimensions:
10.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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