Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 2:
In ongoing research on ancient civilisation, the students of Utkal University have discovered the stone tools and weapons of 4500-year-old civilisation in various locations in Khurda district.
A team of researchers led by Assistant Professor Anam Behera of Department of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology of Utkal University and comprising of students Kaibalya Charan Pati and Biswajit Behera unearthed the stone tools belonging to Copper Stone Age at Mukundaprasad, Moulibandh of Keranga and Dianparbati of Podaput in the district.
During excavation in three locations, the team discovered stone tools including weapons, tiny weapons, plain stone and stone fragments. The stone fragments (Khapara) of varieties of colours found from Balukeswar (Mukundaprasad) indicated the existence of Copper Stone Age, which is of 4500 years old, in the area.
Similarly, the stone weapons, stone fragments, dish on stand, plain round stones were discovered near a nullah passing through Moulibandh in Keranga. The team also found similar items in Dianparbati area of Podaput.
According to the experts, the places belong to three variants of civilisation in cultural context. While the weapons made of tiny stones can be regarded as the items of Stone Age, the plain stones and rope-mark stone fragments discovered from the site are of the New Stone Age, which is 10,000 years old in Japan, 6,000 years old in Thailand and 8,000 years old in Baluchistan of Pakistan. The stone fragments of red and brown colour belong to Copper Stone Age, Prof Behera said.
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