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Gilded Stories: Unearthing the Significance of Indus Ornamentation

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The Indus ‘Civilization’ is one of the oldest civilizations contemporary to the Mesopotamian and Egyptian Civilizations, resulting in the first cities of South Asia in c. 2500- 1900 BC. However, it is often excluded when ‘civilizations’ are discussed as it does not completely fit into the defined characteristics. The absence of such factors does not negate the idea of an Indus state but rather opens up conversations about a state’s possible definitions and characteristics. As the language of the Indus remains undeciphered, we have to depend solely on pure archaeological evidence to provide answers and in this vein, the paper utilizes ornamentation in the Indus Valley to provide conclusions on the social, economic, and political dimensions.

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