403In 1950, the British excavator Sir Mortimer Wheeler assembled a team of young archaeologists, students, and local laborers to work on a confusion of mud bricks that projected out of a weathered citadel mound at Mohenjodaro

Mohenjodaro, Pakistan Major city of the Indus Civilization.

, on the banks of the Indus River in Pakistan. The laborers removed load after load of sand; the few bricks grew into many, “until the stark walls of a huge platform began to emerge from the hillside. The aspect was of a fortress, towering grim and forbidding above the plain” (Wheeler 1968, 317).