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So, You Think Our Cities are Modern?

Updated on June 9, 2011

Building a City

Today, if you were asked to build a modern American City, How would you build it?

OK, first you would probably build the buildings in sets of “blocks”

For convenience, you would probably build the roads between the blocks, North to South and East to West.

Design the buildings to permit the least dust and dirt to enter.

Spoil yourself; build part of the city, where you and your friends will live, higher than the rest. So you can look out over the city.

If you knew before hand, how many people the city was to house and what facilities they would need, you could build the city in sections or districts. A Banking district, a retail district and a district for Government departments, Etc.

Oh yes; you would certainly ensure that there was sewerage to each house and adequate drainage.

What if I was to tell you that this is exactly how two cities were built 4500 years ago?

What! that’s correct; they were built around 2500 BC.

Area of Influence

Indus Valley Civilization
Indus Valley Civilization

The Discovery

Whilst building a railway through the Indus region of India, in the 19th Century, two brothers, John and William Brunton, working on separate sections of the railway each found an ancient ruined city.

Being engineers, not archeologists, they used the bricks to help build the railway. This was not only convenient but was also cheaper.

These cities were not excavated until 1920. Up until that time, experts had not thought that “civilization” existed in India prior to Alexander the Greats expedition in 327 BC.

What the excavations showed, apart from originating in 2500 BC, were unparalleled workmanship and a level of city planning thousands of years before its time.

Further excavations in Pakistan and India, showed that this civilization, had an influence on an area even larger than that of the Egyptians, for that period.

Main Cities


The Cities

Unlike any other excavations for this period, these cities had no statues or monuments to Gods or any other sign of religion, apart from what seems to be an empty temple.

The two cities, named Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro each covered areas of hundreds of acres and were obviously the main cities, although a further 100 have been found.

Signs and unfamiliar scripts that have been found at the sites have not yet been deciphered and so clues, as to how these ancients lived are hard to determine.

What has been found out is that the cities were built around 2500 BC to, what is thought to be, a pre conceived plan.

Who these people were or where they came from remains a mystery.

Their disappearance is also a mystery. There is no sign of a natural disaster, yet the cities seem to have been abandoned after only a short period of 500 years.

Were They Aliens?

Indus Valley Script
Indus Valley Script

Possible Conclusion

Did aliens come, build a city, then when they had finished, what ever it was they came here to do, left?

This would have left the cities without leaders, leading the cities into disarray and eventual ruin.

This is only a theory but when there are no other theories being suggested, why not?

Let’s remember the old adage:

First investigate the probable.

If it is not that, then investigate the improbable.

If it is not that, then you must contemplate the possibility of it being, what was previously thought to be, the impossible.


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    • Trish_M profile image

      Tricia Mason 

      6 years ago from The English Midlands

      I did know about the ancient cities, but still found this hub very interesting.

      I have read quite a bit about the suggestion that ancient aliens changed our world ~ and I have to say, there is some logic to the argument.

      However, is it really likely?? Scientists seem to think that it isn't ~ and they know more than I do about this sort of thing. However, I don't think that anyone really knows, so why not consider it possible? :)

    • Brupie profile image


      6 years ago

      If you're interested in more cities and communities from this time, I suggest you read The Horse, the Wheel and Language by David Anthony. It discusses the early cultures of the people who spoke what we now call Proto-Indo-European, the root precursor of most European languages.

    • CWanamaker profile image


      7 years ago from Arizona

      It's always so interesting to hear about advanced civilizations of the past. I always think to myself "How did they do that" or "Man, that would have been so hard to do." Humans really are amazing creatures. Nice hub.

    • Karen Wodke profile image

      Karen Wodke 

      7 years ago from Midwest

      This is intriguing and thought-provoking.

    • Carolyn Moe profile image

      Carolyn Moe 

      7 years ago

      Interesting no visible signs of religious artifacts. Perhaps they believed like the Jews of Jesus day that God is Spirit and those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth. I talk about this in my first hub What Is God Doing In Our Lives? I'm a fresh, first day newbie so I haven't yet learned to link. Take care. Will follow your writing. Thanks,

      Carolyn Moe

    • OpinionDuck profile image


      7 years ago

      There are many mysteries that plugging in Aliens would readilty solve.

      Good hub, rated up, and useful and awesome.

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      Thomas Silvia 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi rafken, a very interesting and Fascinating hub !

    • albertacowpoke profile image


      7 years ago from Redwater, Alberta

      Great hub and analysis. It made for interesting reading.

    • Tony DeLorger profile image

      Tony DeLorger 

      7 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Fascinating rafken. It makes you wonder alright. 2500 BC and all that technological knowhow. There's so much more we don't know about our beginnings. Great hub!


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