Whereas operating at Mirador in the course of the 1965
season (Agrinier 1970), I made a brief in¬
vestigation of the within sight website of Miramar, ex¬
ploring the floor and making 5 try out pits.
My goal was once to make a initial eval¬
uation of the cultural and chronological posi¬
tion of Miramar with relation to Mirador.
The destinations for the try out pits have been selected
for their strength ceramic stratigraphy, with
an goal to keep away from different cultural gains,
such as masonry partitions, caches, and burials.
However, in the case of Pit 2, my intentions
were diverted; the mass burial I encountered
there occupied me for such a lot of the brief sea¬
son, from the center of could to the first days
of June, 1965. different brief explorations I
made in 1973 and 1974 extra a few extra

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D. :i Q o n d. >-r� <:=l ravt( i v-. 5 w a. +; ) A. O. K E R M A. t--f ' � . m 'I � - _ � 'J{. qab"'"-"'' � � C.. f"oftc Fig. I . IJ. Late and Post-Harappan cultures in the Indo-Iranian borderlands and the northwestern parts of the Indian subcontinent c. 1 900-1400 BC. Based on various sources including Mughal 1990b and Yule 1985b. ti :i'. < � ZQ, � The Indus Civilization and its historical context ------ evidence for the arrival of immigrants from Central Asia. An entire cultural complex, intrusive in Baluchistan and the Indus Valley, is now in evidence, with close parallels in Bactria and Margiana, and further off in Seistan and Kerman and in southern Turkmenistan and northern Iran.

1 9 9 1 : 99, pl. 84. I6 Rise and fall of the Harappan culture Mundigak in southern Afghanistan. This suggests the seasonal migration that has remained the basis of the economy in this area, with summers spent in the mountains and winters on the alluvial plains (fig. 2). Mobility is seen also in the affinities of painted pottery motifs between Baluchistan, southern Turkmenistan (Namazga II-III) and northern Iran (Sialk style). The technical excellence of the Baluchistan pottery and its local antecedents precludes the earlier assumed hypothesis of a colonization from the northwest, but these areas evidently maintained commercial relations and perhaps shared a common ideology.

Just beneath the surface, many groups of unburied skeletons have been found. By c. 1 800 BC Mohenjo-daro was abandoned. What happened? Many explanations have been offered. The Harappans may have been over-exploiting their environment and causing gradual deterioration. Irrigation, for example, may have caused the fields to become saline. Drastic changes in the course of the river may have left some areas under water. Several layers of silt at Mohenjo-daro do testify to a series of floods . If vast areas became uncultivable, food shortages would eventually have made city life impossible and led to a social and political crisis.

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