UPSC History The Harappan Civilization Question Bank Indus Valley Civizlization

  • question_answer Which of the following Harappan city sites had bipartite division-high citadel and lower town?
    (i) Harappa
    (ii) Mohenjodaro
    (iii) Kalibangan
    (iv) Surkotada
    Select the correct answer from the codes given below: Codes:                        

    A)  (i) only                        

    B)  (i) and (ii)         

    C)         (i), (ii) and (iii)    

    D)        (i), (ii), (iii) and (iv)

    Correct Answer: C

    Solution :

    Most of the important cities of the Indus Valley Civilization, namely Harappa, Mohenjodaro and Kalibangan were divided into two parts: the citadel and the lower town. The citadel was a fortified settlement on high mounds and was separated from die lower town, which consisted of the main residential areas. At Surkotada, though the settlement pattern is repeated, there is a minor difference. In other words/though Surkotada also has the citadel and the lower town. Both of them are joined (and not separated as in Harappa, Mohenjodaro and Kalibangan).


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