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Article Necro Theory June 5 b

Article Necro Theory June 5 b

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Necropolis theory on Indus civilization:
 
The standard view about Mohenjo-daro is that, in ancient times it was most likely one of the administrative centres of the ancient Indus Valley Civilization. It was themost developed and advanced city in South Asia, and perhaps the world, during itspeak. The planning and engineering showed the importance of the city to thepeople of the Indus valley. Now the time has come that this view had to be properly reconsidered. No such big cities existed at that time period in any part of the world.Indians live in such clumsy, squalid towns even today, which shows that such ametro would have resulted in outbreak of diseases and death in large numbers.Because of the reason of unhygienic conditions, many of the villages did not grow  beyond the population of few thousands. At the maximum a town could have withstood a population of 10,000 not more than that. But the archaeologist estimatethat nearly 50,000 to 1, 00,000 people would have lived in the city of Mohenjo daroand Harappa would have sustained equal number. Such huge density was possible because there were only dead bodies kept in those houses not living persons. It wasa necropolis not a metropolis.
 
Drainage system
 
Much is being said about the drainage system of the two cities. No doubt thatexperts dealing with those places, believed that sustaining such huge population was possible because it had such a good drainage system. A closer look at thephotographs presented in website Harappa.com shows that the drainage is 6 feettall and it is a cobbled passage way. Indian cities do not have a drainage pipe morethan 2 feet even today at modern times. How could it be possible for Indus peopleto build such a drainage system consisting of 6 feet high passage ways? No doubt,they were passage ways, but not for cleaning the blocked drains but they werepassage ways to enter the tombs, and the inner burial chambers or the burialrooms. The passage ways were
 
closed after the placing mummified bodies. Theclosed passage ways are clearly visible in the photos of Harappa.com. These closedpassage ways gives the false impression that later day occupants have blocked thedrainage and built new houses.
 
 
 
 We are not able to correlate this passage way to the entry passage of a tomb becausethe roof of the tomb / burial chamber has fallen down. The dead bodies were placedin nominal construction like a room which has not survived the time. Naturally theroofs have fallen down, and the passage may exist but there is no burial room. Inthat condition we are not able to visualize that it could have been a tomb. When thefacts are not connected together, and interpreting only the passage way has resultedin wrong conclusions. What is needed is that a dramatic 3D visualisation of thepast, how such a room could have existed, and what could have been the use of thatroom. At this juncture, we should remember the life and work of HenreichSchliemann who located the remains of real Troy. (City of Helen, Paris and Trojanhorse)) Even though he was not a trained archaeologist, yet the greatest discovery of archaeology was made by him. He was such a romantic person who believed inevery word of Homer and finally found Troy. He had an objective that one day heshould locate Troy and prove the world that Homer was right and was describingabout a city which really existed. His visualization should have been phenomenal, because of his ability to visualize, such a difficult goal of him had been realised. Weshould also use such visualization to interpret the archaeological evidences.
 
The plat forms
 
 
 (Photos courtesy Harappa.com
 
)
 
This hall has been named as Dyer's workshop. From the picture, we can assumethat huge pots would have been kept in those circular platforms which created adepression in the middle. It is very clear that some kind utensils were kept in thoseplatforms, which had round bottoms. I doubt the conclusion that it was a potters yard because generally flat bottom metal vessels called "vats" will be used for such apurpose, and pots will not fit into that role. But, now consider my new theory, theseplatforms were used for keeping "pithois" (Funeral pots with dead body inside),then the above said platforms perfectly fit such a purpose. In addition to that notethat there are three or four such round platforms are clustered together in a narrow space in both places, the so called dyer's work shop a well as granary.(Photoscourtesy fromHarappa.com
 
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