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Indus Valley
A potter's wheel was used to shape clay pots.

Indus Valley

Ancient history is explored by children in KS2 and one topic looked at is the civilisation which flourished in the Indus Valley in Asia during the Bronze Age.

The Indus Valley civilisation existed from around 3300 BC – 1700 BC during the Bronze Age. It was located in modern day Afghanistan, Pakistan and India in South Asia. It was spread over such a huge area of land that it was the largest Bronze Age civilisation known - much larger than Mesopotamia or even Ancient Egypt. Its cities were built in the basins of the Indus River, one of the major rivers of Asia. The civilisation is known for its cities built of brick, its roadside drainage system, its skill at crafting with metals and its multi-storied houses, as well as its un-deciphered writing found on thousands of ancient seals.

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1.
What did the Indus Valley people use to shape clay pots?
Potter's wheels
Moulds
Knives
Drills
The potter's wheel was first used by the Indus Valley people around 3500 BC
2.
What might an important Indus Valley man have worn?
Armour
A crown
A richly decorated cloak
A baseball cap
A statue was found in 1927, of a man with a fillet around his head, an armband, and a cloak decorated with patterns that were originally coloured red. This statue has been named the "Priest-King"
3.
Several thousands of what have been found with pictures and writing on them?
Scrolls
Tablets
Seals
Brooches
We don't know for sure what the seals were used for - mainly because we can't decipher the writing on them
4.
What was done before any houses were built in Indus cities?
The planting of crops
The building of a temple
The digging of wells and laying drains
The cutting down of trees
The ancient Indus drains were more advanced than any others in the world at the time. They were even better than some in Pakistan and India today
5.
Which of these Indus cities is the biggest?
Harappa
Mohenjo-Daro
Banawali
Lothal
Mohenjo-Daro means Mound of the Dead in Sindhi, the local language
6.
What can we learn from Indus Valley writing?
About their religion
About their battles and wars
About their kings
Nothing at all
No one is able to read the writing so it does not tell us anything
7.
Which modern day religion may have some similarities with the Indus Valley religion?
Islam
Hinduism
Buddhism
Christianity
A picture of a god found in the Indus valley shows a figure with a headdress, surrounded by animals. This is thought to be an early form of the Hindu god Shiva, who is the lord of animals
8.
How many Indus Valley towns and cities have been found?
14
140
1,400
14,000
The Indus valley was 5 times larger than Britain
9.
Which of these did the Indus Valley people trade with?
Mesopotamians
Romans
Persians
Vikings
The Vikings, Romans and Persians were not around as early as the Indus Valley Civilisation was
10.
Where is the Indus Valley Civilisation found?
China
Iraq
Pakistan and parts of India
Egypt
The Indus river flows from the Himalayas to the Arabian Sea

 

Author:  Amanda Swift

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