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Alamgirpur: Rewriting Harappan History



  Apr 22, 2024

Alamgirpur: Rewriting Harappan History



A Time Shift: Recent excavations at Alamgirpur have revealed artifacts and structures dating back to 2600 BCE. These findings significantly challenge the established timeline of the Harappan Civilisation, implying an earlier and potentially longer presence in the Ganga-Yamuna Doab region.

Rethinking Decline: The traditional narrative of a sudden Harappan decline followed by the emergence of distinct cultures may need revision. Alamgirpur provides compelling evidence with its lack of a clear stratigraphic gap between Harappan and Painted Grey Ware levels. This blurring of boundaries suggests complex interactions and exchanges.

Intertwined Cultures: The discovery of local Ochre Coloured Pottery alongside distinctive Harappan pottery styles points to overlapping cultures. Instead of a strict replacement model, historians now must reimagine a period of cultural mixing, with the Harappan and local cultures potentially influencing each other.

The Bigger Picture: Alamgirpur's revelations underscore the dynamic nature of ancient societies and highlight the limitations of rigid chronologies for complex civilizations. These findings open new avenues for archaeological and historical research to uncover the nuances of the Harappan Civilisation's interactions, transitions, and transformations within the broader context of ancient India.



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