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How did the Indus thrive without rivers ?


Posted on Monday, 4 December, 2017 | Comment icon 2 comments

The Indus civilization thrived for thousands of years. Image Credit: CC BY 3.0 Biswarup Ganguly
The ancient Indus civilization had a novel solution to the lack of flowing water near its many villages.
Situated in what is now northwest India and Pakistan, the highly successful Indus civilization appeared around 5,000 years ago and in its heydey would have even rivalled ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia.

While some of its biggest cities, such as Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro, sat along major rivers, many of its settlements had no access to flowing water at all.

How the Indus managed to cope with this has long remained a topic of debate among scientists, but now new research has indicated that the answer may lie in the region's seasonal monsoon flooding.

These floods brought with them rich glacial sediments and would have left behind fertile mud and plentiful groundwater with which to grow food crops.

"We think, actually, that these towns and settlements developed here because this was actually a good place for agriculture," said lead study researcher Sanjeev Gupta.

Source: Live Science | Comments (2)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Orphalesion on 29 November, 2017, 13:57
Interesting! Yeah I can see the advantages of living in an area that has the benefits of being a former river valley, but is also safe from monsoon floods. And as it seems they still got seasonal rivers. If Egypt survived on a seasonal flood for millennia, I don't see why a similar system wouldn't have worked elsewhere.
Comment icon #2 Posted by strunk64 on 5 December, 2017, 1:55
Probably had wells and cisterns too.


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