With the inclusion of the predecessor and successor cultures - Early Harappan and Late Harappan, respectively - the entire Indus Valley Civilization may be taken to have lasted from the 33rd to the 14th centuries BCE.
While others civilizations were devoting huge amounts of time and resources to the rich, the supernatural, and the dead, Indus Valley inhabitants were taking a practical approach to supporting the common, secular, living people. In general, the area where the Indus valley cities developed is arid, and one can surmise that urban development took place along a river that flew through a virtual desert. The geography of the Indus Valley put the civilizations that arose there in a highly similar situation to those in Egypt and Peru, with rich agricultural lands being surrounded by highlands, desert, and ocean.
The Indus Valley people do not appear to have been in possession of the horse: there is no osteological evidence of horse remains in the Indian sub-continent before 2, BCE, when the Aryans first came to India, and on Harappan seals and terracotta figures, horses do not appear. World-wide comparisons: Aryans vs.
Indus Valley people; Israelites non-Aryans vs. Canaanites; Earliest Greeks Aryans vs. Minoans on Crete; Sky-gods and war-gods vs. Fertility gods and goddesses. A few thousand seals have been discovered in Indus Valley cities, showing some pictographs: too few in number for the language to have been ideographic, and too many for the language to have been phonetic.
The first attacks on outlying villages by Aryans appear to have taken place around 2, BCE near Baluchistan, and of the major cities, at least Harappa was quite likely over-run by the Aryans. Compare the civilizations of Mesopotamia and the Indus River Valley.
It is suggested that the language was spoken in the 4th millennium BCE, and started disintegrating into various branches around 3rd millennium BCE. According to Krishnamurti, Proto-Dravidian may have been spoken in the Indus civilization, suggesting a "tentative date of Proto-Dravidian around the early part of the third millennium. The Dravidian influence is also noted to have been found in ancient civilisations of India.
According to Zvelebil, "several scholars have demonstrated that pre-Indo-Aryan and pre-Dravidian bilingualism in India provided conditions for the far-reaching influence of Dravidian on the Indo-Aryan tongues in the spheres of phonology, syntax and vocabulary. Over many centuries a fusion of Aryan and Dravidian occurred, a complex process that historians have labeled the Indo-Aryan synthesis. Bloch and M. Witzel believe that the Indo-Aryans moved into an already Dravidian speaking area after the oldest parts of the Rig Veda were already composed.
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