Mohenjo-Daro

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Mohenjo-Daro
Mohenjo-Daro
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Mohenjo-Daro is one of the Cultural City-States in Civilization VI. Mohenjo-Daro, meaning 'Mound of the Dead Men' in Sindhi, was a lost city of the mysterious Indus Valley Civilization of the Indus River basin. They are sometimes also colloquially known as the Harappans, after the name of another lost city of the civilization that was discovered near Mohenjo-Daro. It is not fully known what the Harappans or the people of Mohenjo-Daro called themselves, since their language is dead and their only written communications consisted of a small set of yet-undeciphered symbols and seals.

Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa were the largest cities of a massive and loosely-associated civilization that inhabited what nowadays comprises Pakistan and Northwestern India. Along with Egypt and Mesopotamia, the Indus Valley Civilization is considered one of the "cradles of civilization" in which the first known instances of permanent human settlements existed. Over 1,000 Harappan cities and settlements have been discovered in the Indus Valley. Most Harappans were city-dwelling traders and artisans, and their trade seals have been discovered as far away as Sumeria. It was a remarkably peaceful and egalitarian society that contains little archaeological evidence of weaponry, palaces, or temples.

Mohenjo-Daro itself is regarded as the most technologically advanced city of its time, with highly sophisticated engineering and urban planning techniques including sewers, flush toilets, a bathhouse, guard towers, granaries, warehouses, levees, and street grids. However, their agriculturalists relied on rain and seasonal monsoons rather than irrigation in order to bring water to their fields. Thus when the region became arid around 1900BC, Mohenjo-Daro was most likely abandoned by inhabitants who went east in search of more fertile land.