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Brahmanabad, Hyderabad District, Sindh. Carrying away earth from the ruins 1525

Brahmanabad, Hyderabad District, Sindh. Carrying away earth from the ruins 1525

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1896

Shelfmark: Photo 1009/4(1525)

Item number: 1525

Length: 7.3

Width: 10

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of carrying away earth from the ruins at Brahmanabad in the Hyderabad District of Sind in Pakistan, taken by Henry Cousens in 1896-7. This image shows a camel being loaded with spoil on the site. Cousens wrote, of his excavations on the site, in Brahmanabad-Mansura in Sind, Archaeological Survey of India, Annual Report 1903-04, "Perhaps the most interesting of deserted city sites in Western India is that usually known as Brahmanabad in Sind...It lies upon the open sandy plain, in rolling heaps of brick debris, scored and cross-scored with the depressions of its original streets, and engirdled by the ruins of its own massive walls and bastions...With the exception of a considerable area towards the south-east end, the whole space is covered with billowy mounds of brick ruins...There is a total absence of stone masonry of any kind; but lumps of charred wood, here and there, seem to indicate the former presence of wood-work. The cementing material in the brickwork would appear to have been mud; and it is this, the accumulation of ages, before the final downfall of the city, that forms the greater mass of the present mounds."

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