Dholavira

The government had submitted ‘Dholavira: A Harappan City’ as one of the nomination dossiers for inclusion in the World Heritage List for 2020.

  • Location:

Dholavira is located in Gujarat. It is located in the Khadir Bet Island of the Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary in the Great Rann of Kutch. It is one of the largest Harappan sites. The government had nominated the site for declaration as a world heritage site for the year 2020.

  • Findings from Dholavira:

Some of the significant findings from the site includes a stadium, dams, embankments, water harnessing system, water reservoirs, a stepwell three times as big as the Great Bath of Mohenjo-Daro etc. It is the only site that is divided into 3 parts as opposed to the usual two part system. Other findings include painted pottery, seals, stone figures, weights, sign board etc.

  • Major Harappan Sites:

There are 8 major Harappan sites in the Indian subcontinent: Lothal, Harappa, Mohenjo-Daro, Rakhigarhi, Kalibangan, Rupnagar, Ganeriwala and Dholavira. Dholavira is the 5th largest of these sites. Rakhigarhi is the largest Harappan site. While Harappa, Mohenjo-Daro and Ganeriwala are in Pakistan, the rest are in India.

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