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Indus Valley Civilization by amogh nayak
Indus Valley Civilization by amogh nayak

There was division of labor between men
and
women. It was the women’s job to grind flour, weave cloth and look after animals. Most river valley civilizations depend on agriculture. The most of the population in the Indus Valley would have been farmers working on the land. They grew wheat, barley, rice, mustard, sesame, dates, melons and cotton. They also raised cattle, water buffaloes, sheep and pigs. This statue of a women symbolizes fertility. This symbol is important because women were viewed as just as important as men because they have the ablitiy to give birth.
The Tamils by firoze shakir photographerno1
The Tamils by firoze shakir photographerno1
Women in field harvesting barley in Ladakh Region, India by Joyce McClure
Women in field harvesting barley in Ladakh Region, India by Joyce McClure
KOSHI TRAGEDY_SK11 by Sailendra Kharel2009
KOSHI TRAGEDY_SK11 by Sailendra Kharel2009


The Indus Valley Civilizations had many metalworkers, bead makers, potters, masons and textile manufacturers. These jobs were usually done by men. It is also the men's job to hunt and find food for the family. Most river valley civilizations depend on agriculture. The most of the population in the IndusValley would have been farmers working on the land. They grew wheat, barley, rice, mustard, sesame, dates, melons and cotton. They also raised cattle, water buffaloes, sheep and pigs.



District Kohistan in NWFP, Pakistan - July 2009 by Who stole the British summer forthe 3rd year runni
District Kohistan in NWFP, Pakistan - July 2009 by Who stole the British summer forthe 3rd year runni
District Kohistan in NWFP, Pakistan - July 2009 by Who stole the British summer forthe 3rd year runni
District Kohistan in NWFP, Pakistan - July 2009 by Who stole the British summer forthe 3rd year runni
Srinagar,  dal lake : Road Trip to Kashmir Valley by dushyant_fst
Srinagar, dal lake : Road Trip to Kashmir Valley by dushyant_fst
Guest house sign in Lamayuru, Ladakh Region, India by Joyce McClure
Guest house sign in Lamayuru, Ladakh Region, India by Joyce McClure

Many homes were large and well put together in the IndusValley. The houses included bathrooms, fireplaces, some homes even inculded a guest house for visitors, and water drainage from their own wells. Fetching water from the wells is a job usually done by women. Women spent a lot of their time spinning thread, and weaving it into cloth. They did this to use the cloth around the house and sometimes even for sales. Women would also cook and preserve food. On the farms, women would take care of the poultry and milk the cows. Then they would make milk and butter. Grinding the grain to make bread was another common job done by the women.



The roles of children would be to help their parents as soon as they were old enough to walk. The children would help on the farm and they would with the trade that their parents were involved in. Girls would learn the many skills necessary to run a household and boys would learn to hunt and farm.