Verum and Orak were huddled around Verum’s crystal ball in their dorm room. Scorch stared at them with a puzzled expression but the duo didn’t look up. Finally, Scorch cleared her throat pointedly, startling Orak. She said, “What are you looking at?”

“Scorch, haven’t you heard?” said Verum, “The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has made a monumental discovery at the Rakhigarhi site in Hisar, Haryana, a state in India!”

“Ooh! What is this discovery?” said Scorch.

“Well, this site is believed to be the largest surviving site from the Indus Valley Civilization!” said Verum.

“Wasn’t that Mohenjodaro in Pakistan?” asked Scorch.

Mohenjodaro is an excavation site in Sindh, Pakistan on the banks of the Indus River. It is one of the two main sites of the Indus Valley Civilization with the other being Harappa. It dates back to over 5,000 years ago. Along with wide roads and a drainage system, Mohenjodaro is known for the Great Bath, a big tank used for ritual bathing.

“Mohenjodaro used to be the biggest site at 300 hectares but Rakhigarhi is bigger!” said Orak, “The Rakhigarhi site was discovered by the ASI in 1998. ASI carried out excavations from 1998 to 2001. But a recent three-month excavation revealed many wonders in this site. A cluster of seven mounds was discovered. In three of these mounds, ASI has found copper and gold jewelry, terracotta toys, and thousands of clay pots and seals.

But most importantly, they also discovered a framework of a planned city with wide roads, drainage systems, a kitchen complex, and multi-tier houses. Along with this, they found what seems like a 5,000-year-old jewelry-making factory.

Along with this, they found a graveyard in one of the mounds. Don’t worry. It might sound spooky but it is an important source of information about the city and the period.”

“Wow, this is an enormous discovery!” said Scorch in awe.