As a provocation to the inquiry on past civilization and ways to find out about the past civilization, Grade 3 visited the Harappan Gallery of National Museum in New Delhi. This gallery contains precious and carefully preserved artifacts of that time. As we walked through the huge, well carved wooden doors, we were transferred to an era 4000 years back. The photographs of the excavated sites welcomed us.
The timeline showing the different civilizations enabled children to make connections with their fact sheets on civilizations. They saw the map, located the Indus River and also noted down the important cities of the time. They discussed, debated and concluded about the various things that were so similar to what they see now, like the bricks used for construction and the drainage system.
The jewellery, weights, toiletries and kitchen utensils were also observed with a lot of interest, often drawing connections with the present world. A debate sparked off again in front of the seals which were not only of different shapes but also made of different materials. Wonderings continued and very prudently some of them decided that they were different because they either belonged to different denominations or were from different places.
Article By: Malini Ghosh
Grades 2 & 3 Coordinator