Ancient India

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The Indus Valley, Home of the Ancient Civilisations in the North-West of India -
BBC history for children

India and the Himalayas - Mr Dowling's site

Think-quest on the Indus Valley

The living bridges of Meghalaya - ancient bridges made from the living roots of trees and vines that are hundreds of years old and tended by the local people in the north of India. This is a spectacular example of sustainable living architecture that will live grow for generations.In Meghalaya, Northeast India, the rivers during the monsoon season are wild, unpredictable and impossible to cross. But the people there have created a beautiful solution: bridges made of roots that last for hundreds of years and will survive any deluge! These living bridges are part of a network connecting the valleys of Meghalaya.In this visually stunning video, a man teaches his niece to care for a living bridge, which he started with a simple fig tree 30 years ago. He shows her how to coax the roots to the other side where they will take root.No man can complete this task in his lifetime, so they must teach the young, who will teach their young. This living bridge will grow for 500 years.What will it take for us in the West to begin to incorporate this level of imagination, resourcefulness, working with nature...and thinking 500 years down the road? -Bibi Farber

Michael Wood: Stories of India for the BBC - visits ancient towns of India and looks at the ancient history.
  • Mauryan dynasty from 321 to 185 BCE

Ajanta Caves from the second century BCE

  • Gupta rule between the 4th century and 6th century

Ellora and Ajunta caves, with useful commentary by an Australian traveller
  • Muslim rule began in 8th century CEsetting the stage for several successive invasions from Central Asia between the 10th and 15th centuries CE,

Tang Tomb Figures
  • Mughal Empirefrom about 1526 to 1757
  • British Rule fom the nineteenth century to 1947

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