Ch. 4 - Mysteries of the Indus pp. 74-87

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Indus Valley Civilization

a civilization located in the northwestern region of the Indian subcontinent, mainly present-day Pakistanand northwest India

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monsoons

yearly rains of wet seasons

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terra cotta

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a type of clay

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steatite

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a type of soapstone

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swastika

in Sanskrit (historical Indo-Aryan language) means “a sign of good luck”

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polytheistic

having many gods

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linguistics

the study of languages

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The Himalayan Mountains

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1. stretch across northeastern India
2. create the Indian subcontinent

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What are the three main rivers in India?

Indus [in-duhs] River
Ganges [gan-jeez] River
Brahmaputra [brah-muh-poo-truh] River

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What is the name of the ocean off the southern coast of India?

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Indian Ocean

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What is the tallest mountain in the world?
Mount Everest

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*the international border between China and Nepal runs across the summit point

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What are the names of India’s three major cities?

New Delhi
Mumbai (Bombay)
Calcutta

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In which area do most of the people in India live?

northern India; the northern plains

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What is the plateau in southern India called?

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the Deccan Plateau

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The Indus Valley Civilization was one of the greatest archeological finds.

True

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The cities of Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa were dated approximately 2500 B.C.

True

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The Harappan civilization and the Mohenjo-Daro civilization 400 miles away were very similar.

True

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These ancient civilizations were sophisticated, farmed and raised animals, had well organized villages, and had bathing and drainage areas.

True

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These ancient civilizations were also artistic and skilled craftsman.

True

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Indus seals

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