Class 6 Visit National Museum
10th of October, 2017

A Trip to the Past

The students of class 6 had the pleasure of visiting the prestigious National Museum on the 10th of October, 2017. The museum houses many ancient relics of immense value. Standing at the entrance we saw a mammoth stone with inscriptions of edicts from Emperor Ashoka's time.

This visit, however focused on the Harappan Civilisation which flourished from 2,500 BCE. In the museum, we saw the original statuette of the Dancing Girl, which was the first bronze sculpture from the Indus Valley Civilisation. We also saw the replica of the 'Head Priest'. Another aspect we focused on were the terracotta toys and huge pots used for storage and as utensils. I was fascinated by the intricately designed Pashupati Seal. An old skeleton of a lady was the highlight of our visit. She was wearing bangles and some pots had been placed near her head. We got to know that the Harappans used pictorial script and they wrote from right to left. We also saw an exhibit on the town planning of Dholavira, a major city in the oldest civilisation.

I am very grateful to Mr. Dayaram Sahni and Mr. Rakhaldas Banerjee, the archaeologists behind the excavation of Harappa and Mohen jo Daro as without their inputs we would not have taken this interesting trip to the National Museum. This visit was a trip to our past and I am really glad to be a part of it.

Sumaya Beri 6-C

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