What is Dholavira Famous for?

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: November 9th, 2023

Dholavira is famous for being one of the most important Indus Valley Civilization archaeological sites of India. Dholavira became the 40th site in India to get the UNESCO World Heritage tag in 2021. It was discovered by archaeologist Jagat Pati Joshi in the Rann of Kutch in Gujarat. It is famous for its architectural and archaeological discoveries dating back about 4,500 years.

Dholavira is Famous for?

Dholavira is a Harappan civilization site near the Tropic of Cancer near the present-day village of Dholavira on the Khadir bet island in Gujarat’s Kutch district (thus named Dholavira). It depicts a technologically advanced civilization in manufacturing, art, water management, urban planning, building techniques, social governance, development, trading, and belief system.

Here are the key points of Dholavira:

  • There have been discovered artifacts such as gold and copper, seals, fish hooks, animal figurines, terracotta pottery, and so on.
  • It demonstrated that the Harappan civilization had a multi-layered defense mechanism.
  • It has a cemetery and a walled city, just like other Harappan sites.
  • At the site, 9 uniquely designed gates were discovered, displaying incredible infrastructure. It became the center of commerce and trade in the Indus Valley Civilization due to its advanced manufacturing system and well-planned structure.

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