Port de dead.
Port de dead.
Photostory: A walk through Lothal, once a port to the dead civilization of the Harappans.Koyna TomarFukuoka Women's UniversityPublished on 8 Jun, 2013
When parents said we are going to Gujrat one fine mid-sem break, I blackmailed my company for an addition to the itenary: Lothal.
Lothal: A smaller than chandni chowk port town of the ancient Harappans. Dated: Around 3500 years ago.
The town was divided into two parts: The acropolis or the citadel, which comprised of a warehouse at Lothal, and a lower town.
All hopes of Lothal not being sealed off were washed away when the guide told us that Lothal after being excavated was never opened again.
Although the excavators let some parts of the town "out for display" Harappans developed one of the world's finest water and sewage systems.
Wide canals carrying waste water from home ran across the town. (They were covered of course)
The market area had one of the finest bead factories in the world. A tradition which is still carried on by the neighbouring villages.
The streets used to be lined with high house walls on both sides.
Burnt brick structures. (Partly reconstructed)
A dockyard! Lothal traded with the chiefdoms down south, and across the Arabian sea with the Mesopotamians.
The excavation report.
Double burial. Someone at the museum, claiming to be a "historian", referred to it as sati! (It isn't, Of course.)
The cemetery mound where the Double burial skeletons were recovered from.