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Class 6 Visit to National Museum
6th April, 2016

My Mini Trip to Indus Valley Civilisation

We were told one sunny morning that we would be visiting the National Museum to learn about Indus Valley civilization. The bus ride was noisy and full of fun. Finally we arrived and were greeted by the guides who would help us navigate through the different galleries in the museum.
In the first part of the museum, we saw varied coins of different ages. I also observed a model where they made coins by using the punch mark technique. The coins in the Gupta age were the most fascinating as they were made of gold and had intricate designs.
Next part of the museum themed art-n-craft, I saw items like jewellery boxes, coloured pots, paintings, models etc. The elephant tusk which had Gautam Buddha's entire life carved on it was intriguing. There was also a royal chair, which was used by the Kings who had ruled India in the past.
The most interesting part of my tour was the Harappan Gallery. It was eye-catching and contained a lot of artifacts excavated from different parts of India. When I was taught about the dancing girl, I imagined it to be a big statue but when I saw it in the museum it was only 7cm long. I also saw a burial pot and another one called the pill base made out of clay. I saw a vase, which had many holes, and the guide told us that it might have been used as a sieve. I also saw a miniature weighing scale, which I think was used by their kids to play with or for weighing small items like the dancing girl. There was a Skelton that I assumed was a girl as it had a bangle on the wrist. Near her head were some pots for food and water but were now filled with mud.
The trip to the museum was memorable. I would like to research further about the Indus Valley Civilization. The trip gave me a lot of extra information, which will help me learn more about how the people lived in the past.

- Khadijah Trumboo 6C

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