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After the discovery of the first archaeological site at Harappa in 1920, the civilization was referred to as Harappan culture. With the discovery of another major site at Mohenjo-daro in the same decade, it was re-christened as Indus civilization. Since 1950’s a number of new type sites have been located. In particular, the sites of Rupar, Kalibangan, Lothal, Dholavira and Banawali. The characteristic feature of the location of these sites is that these are on the banks of or very close to the `lost’ Sarasvati River. Hence, the civilization should be re-christened as Indus-Sarasvati civilization. Sarasvati River is extolled in the Rigvedas (Rks).

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