Category Archives: Essays on History
Most of the affluent people lived in the great houses which contained many rooms and several courtyards for use. These houses had their own private wells. Most of the rooms had fireplaces for heating during winter. Every house had two kitchens; an indoor one for use during winter and an outdoor one for use during the hot summer. The outdoor kitchen was also to avoid filling up the house with smoke from the shrub and cow dung used as fuel (Possehl, 2000).
Period 3C of the Harappan phase had evidence of circular working platforms. 17 of these were discovered to the south of the great granary by Vats and in 1946, archeologist Wheeler identified the 18th platform.
The houses in Harappa were devoid of advanced technological inputs. They were constructed scientifically to suit the basic requirements and convenient to the local climatic conditions. The houses had very few small-sized openings to let in fresh air and lighting.