10/01/2019 - Art and Culture

January 10, 2019
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Rakhigarhi, one of the most prominent sites of the Harappan civilisation is unique in a number of ways. Explain  (200 Words)

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Sandeep 5 months

Kindly review mine

IAS Parliament 5 months

Also include the extraction of DNA from the site. Keep Writing.

IAS Parliament 5 months


Rakhigarhi  is in Present day Haryana, located in the Ghaggar-Hakra river plain.

Uniqueness of Rakhigarhi

·        This site was spread in over 550 hectares, which is about double than that of the Mohenjo Daro site, which was considered the biggest site till now.

·        Primary atypical burial at Rakhigarhi, with brick-lined grave architecture. Every individual found in a brick-lined grave was determined to be female. 

·        The DNA was extracted using a new technique that involves rupturing the petrous bone, a small bone between the jaw and the ear. Only teeth or jaw bones have so far been considered for extracting DNA.

·        Brick-lined burials (as opposed to plain pits) were among the most elaborately constructed graves, and possibly implied a high social or ritual status.

·        The burial structures and grave goods of the Rakhigarhi necropolis were “determined to be generally humble in nature”.

·        Most archaeological recoveries show individuals were buried separately in Harappan times. Joint graves have been very rare, and almost none have been found containing a couple. The only joint burial of a couple discovered earlier has been from Lothal in Gujarat.

·        But there, the skeletal remains of the male and female were found placed over one other in Rakhigarhi, indicating that they may have been buried at the same place, but at different times.

Nandadeep 5 months

Kindly review.thanks

IAS Parliament 5 months

Also include the extraction of DNA from the site. Keep Writing.

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