Class 6 NCERT Social Science (History) Solution Chapter – 4 In the Earliest Cities


Let’s recall

Question 1:

How do archaeologists know that cloth was used in the Harappan civilisation?

Solution 1:

Archeologists found actual pieces of cloth attached to the lid of a silver vase and some copper objects at Mohenjodaro. They have also found spindle whorls which were used in spindle threads. This shows Harappan civilization were using cloth.

Question 2:

Match the columns

Copper Gujarat

Gold Afghanistan

Tin Rajasthan

Precious stones Karnataka

Solution 2:




Precious stones—————————-Gujarat

Question 3:

Why were metals, writing, the wheel, and the plough important for the Harappans?

Solution 3:

  1. Metals: They were used for making vessels, ornaments, weapons and tools
  2. Writing: It was important for communication
  3. Wheel: It was important for carts and pottery.
  4. Plough: It was used to dig the earth to tum the soil and planting seeds

Let’s discuss

Question 4:

Make a list of all the terracotta toys shown in the lesson. Which do you think children would have enjoyed playing with the most?

Solution 4:

Toy Cart

Question 5:

Make a list of what the Harappans ate and put a tick mark against the things you eat today.

Solution 5:

  • 1) Wheat
  • 2) Rice
  • 3) Fruits
  • 4) Pulses
  • 5) Barley
  • 6) Peas
  • 7) Sesame
  • 8) Mustard
  • 9) Linseed

Question 6:

Do you think that the life of farmers and herders who supplied food to the Harappan cities was different from that of the farmers and herders you read about in Chapter 3? Give reasons for your answer.

Solution 6: