Ruins on the Tropic of Cancer

Only a fraction of the Indus Valley city of Dholavira has been unearthed. But if one thing is clear, it is the astonishing scientific temper of its inhabitants

The heat is rising and nameless villages blur past. The SH 40 runs like an interminable, taut, black tape slicing the Rann of Kutch. It is virtually free of traffic and lined with cacti, acacias and shrubs. The earth is a pale brown, broken here and there by rocky outcrops. Farms are few: the sea is not far and soil salinity is high.

Finally, a large, blue board announces that Dholavira, a metropolis of the Indus Valley Civilisation, is not far. The driver slows down and honks his way through a herd of sheep that two rabaris are jauntily herding. A short drive later, we are in the village....................Read more


Source: The Hindu

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