Alamgirpur - The Easternmost Site of the Indus Valley Civilization

Alamgirpur - The Easternmost Site of the Indus Valley Civilization
Terracotta Figurines at Alamgirpur
Alamgirpur is a late Harappan site that thrived along Hindon river, a tributary of Yamuna river, somewhere around 3300-1300 BCE. It is located near Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. It marks the easternmost boundary of Harappan civilization.

The site of Alamgirpur was first probed by the Regional Camp Committee of the Bharat Sewak Samaj during May 1958. Later, Y. D. Sharma of Archaeological Survey of India, confirmed its linkage to Indus Valley Civilization and revealed a four-fold cultural sequence with a break in between each period. The earliest of them represented by a thickness of 6 feet, belonged to Harappan Culture.

Artefacts Found
Typical Harappan artefacts were found at the excavation site of Alamgirpur. The site itself seems to be a pottery shop. Some of the items related to Harappan age are tiles, dishes, cups, vases, cubicle dice, beads, terracotta cakes, carts and figurines of a humped bull and a snakes.

Faunal and Floral Remains at Alamgirpur
The domestic species found of the Harappan age at Alamgirpur include cattle, buffalo, sheep, goat, pig, and dog whereas the wild animals hunted in the Harappan Phase were gaur, nilgai, swamp deer, spotted deer, blackbuck, gazelle, wild pig and fox.

The floral remains at Alamgirpur of Harappan period are rice, wheat, common vetch, pea, black gram, horse gram, barley, green gram, chauli, and bathua.

The Harappan age is follwoed by Painted Grey Ware Culture. Some researchers argues that there is no gap between two cultures. Instead, community at Alamgirpur slowly adopted PGW culture.

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