Prelims 985

With reference to the features of the Harrapan burial, beliefs and practices, consider the following statements:
1. Harappan people buried their bodies in North – South direction.
2. Bodies were laid in extended position.
3. Individuals were buried along with their jewellery.
4. They believed in the life after death.
Which of these is/are correct? Select your answer from the codes given below:
1 and 2 only
1, 2 and 3 only
1, 2 and 4 only
All of the above
Explanation :
Harappan Cemeteries
It has been located at sites such as Harappa, Kalibanga, Lothal, Rakhigarh and Surkotado.
Most common method of burial was to place the head towards the north in a simple pit or brick chamber.
Grave foods were placed along with the body.
Symbolic burials with grave goods but no skeletons were found at Kalibanga.
Fractional burials were practices where the body was exposed to the elements and the bones then gathered and buried were found at Mohenjodaro and Harappa.
These two sites also gave evidence of Urn burials suggestive of cremation.