Explain the statement with reasons.
Lapis lazuli had a very important place in the Harappan trade.
- A network of small towns, big and small villages, and campsites of semi-nomadic people functioned to cater to the needs of major urban centres of the Harappan civilisation.
- The Harappan settlement of 'Shortugai' in the Badakshan province of Afghanistan, is rich with mines of lapis lazuli, a semi-precious stone in Mesopotamia.
- The Mesopotamian epics describe Goddess Inanna's palace, the walls of which were embedded with this stone, lapis lazuli.
- This stone was a very important commodity in the Harappan trade with Mesopotamia.
Concept: Production, Trade, Organisation and Administration
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