Houses in Harappan Civilization

There are many theories regarding the origin of the Harappan Civilisation. While some scholars believe that the civilization came into existence because of the sudden migration of people into the Indus basin, many believe that the Harappan Civilisation was not indigenous. Recent research has shown that the civilization was an extension of local villages. The Houses in the Harappan Civilization are described below.


Houses in Harappan Civilization


  • The houses in the city were built on a high mound to protect them from floods.
  • Each house had a covered drain which was connected to street drains.
  • Houses found in the cities were either of one or two storeys. Rooms were built around the courtyard which was a basic feature of house planning.
  • Most of the houses had a separate bathing area, and in some houses, wells have also been discovered.
  • Each house had doors, windows and ventilators. Doors and windows opened on the side of the streets and not on the main roads.

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