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Vedic society, also known as Dravidian society, occupied the area of the Indus River from roughly 8,000 B.C.E to 1600 B.C.E. Little is known of the society's culture and practices because much of the artifacts that have remained are under water and covered with silt; plus archaeologists have not yet been able to decipher the Dravidian language. It is known, however, that a knowledge of geometry was important to their society. There were two large cities, commonly known as Harrapa and Mohenjo-daro had streets laid out on a grid which was apparently carefully planned. This could not have been accomplished without some knowledge of geometry. Additionally, public areas such as market places, pools, and temple buildings were placed according to the grid. Further, the society adopted a standard series of weights and measures; and all public buildings were apparently carefully planned, again an indication of some knowledge of geometry. Beyond this meager information, little is known.


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