This civilization lasted for 1,000 years, from 2500B.C. to 1600B.C.. It was located in the ancient Indus Valley Civilization. Archaeologists know little about this civilization because the language they used cannot be translated. Harappa also had a natural disaster, so the city was abandoned. Historians think it might have been an earth quake.
Historians are not sure of the exact trade routes used by ancient Harappans. However, they do know that people in Harappa traded with neighbors both near and far. From artifacts found, archaeologists know that Harappans sold stones seals and or personalized objects with, what is today Iran. They brought home blue stones called lapis lazuli from what is today Afganastan. Beadmakers would make necklaces from stones bought from what is today India. These and other goods were then traded in faraway Mesoptamia.
The long journey to Mesopotamia was probably made in small sailboats. From the Indus delta, the boats headed west along the southern coast of Asia. The sailors may have taken along field birds such as crows and swallows. When set free, the birds would fly toward land.
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