Which among the following statements are correct observations regarding the Indus Valley Civilization?
1. Harappans enjoyed good trading relations with a number of other cultures on their borders
2. One of the hallmarks of the Indus civilization was the establishment of outposts beyond the main area of Harappan settlement, designed to control the produce of key regions
Choose the correct option from the codes given below:

Answer: [C] Both 1 & 2

One of the hallmarks of the Indus civilization was the establishment of outposts beyond the main area of Harappan settlement, designed to control the produce of key regions. These included Manda, Ropar, and Kotla Nihang Khan in the north, located in the Himalayan foothills on the Chenab and Sutlej Rivers, near where each became navigable. These settlements were well placed to control the exploitation and distribution of timber such as pine, ebony, sissoo, and sal from the Himalayan foothills and deodar from higher in the mountains. These were carried downriver to other Harappan regions and also exported overseas.

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