Time

People have been living in the South Asian subcontinent for thousands of years, building some of the greatest civilizations in the world.

Fragment of an Ashokan pillar
Fragment of an Ashokan pillar covered with Brahmi script

Writing and belief systems as well as oral traditions developed, some of which survive in one form or another to this day. Additionally, great works of art, architecture and epics demonstrate the richness of the enduring culture of this land.


Pot from Mohenjo-daro
Some traditions have endured long spans of time and others have been unique to a particular time period or civilization. By looking at these traditions, we are able to get a glimpse of the development of belief, culture and technology in ancient India over time.
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