Almost every student in Pakistan must have studied about Mohen Jo Daro.- Mound of The Dead, in their textbooks, some may have had been there on school trips too although that would only be only possible in winters since the temperatures around the area can otherwise rise beyond 46° at times.
It’s one of the most ancient and largest settlement of the Indus Valley Civilization dating back to 2500 BCE. A bronze age metropolis that boasts flush toilets, water and sewerage system, roads and proper house construction that beats even the modern planning system in Pakistan
Currently it’s on the outskirts of the city of Larkana in Sindh and was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980 that is currently facing challenges of improper care and restoration. The site is eroding gradually over the years and it’s difficult to keep it maintained due to lack of fund, resources and care provided by the provincial government.
Large stupas are also built in this lost city, indicating influence of Buddhist culture and traditions. The famous Dancing Girl bronze statue (whose original now rests in New Delhi) is also found here and has been a symbol of confidence and admiration for many. The priest king, the robed male figurine, popular in our history books is also found here.
With the assistance and planning of Ministry of Culture Tourism and Antiquity – Sindh, I visited the site a few months ago and was totally awed by its design and structure. There’s a museum too which wasn’t too elaborate but was a good enough insight on the history of this place.
Here are three videos, one on the tour inside the Museum and other two around the archaeological site itself. Enjoy 🙂
Part 1- Archaeological Site
Part 2- Archaeological Site