Copper Age figures & weapons found in Uttar Pradesh's Mainpuri district

Copper Age figures & weapons found in Uttar Pradesh's Mainpuri district

The copper antiques are possibly 3,800 years old

In a recent chanced discovery, the Archeological Survey of India claims to have found Copper Age artefacts in Uttar Pradesh’s Mainpuri district. These antique remains include anthropomorphic figures and weapons, such as four-feet-long swords and harpoons, dating back to 1600-2000 BC that is nearly is 3,800 years ago in history. Read on to discover more!

Weapons minted in 97-98% copper

Farmer Bahadur Singh alias Fouji found 77 copper weapons while leveling a mound on his five-bigha field in Mainpuri’s Ganeshpur with an excavator. Word soon spread over it and local farmers who believed to have hit upon some treasure and fled with it. However, an information leak alerted the administration, that got them 39 copper boards soon after their visit.

According to thr ASI, the copper weapons possiblly date back to later stages of the Chalcolithic Age, an archaeological period on the cusp of Neolithic and Bronze Ages. So far, the three kinds of implements have been recovered in this area include antenna swords, harpoons, and anthropological figures.

The discovery suggests that the inhabitants of the area engaged in fighting, metal with metal. The inference is supported by the find, that contains at least 2-3 kinds of swords and figures including spears and daggers made up of 97-98% copper.

Similar findings from places in Uttar Pradesh. 

Since the early 19th century, these ancient objects have been discovered in the area where rivers Yamuna and Ganga meet. ASI officials detailed that such excavations have been previously made at Sakatpur in Saharanpur, Madarpur in Moradabad, and in Saifai district.

Another site, at Atranji Khera in Etah (1983), which is the nearest to Mainpuri have also been home to similar artefacts. These have been found to be dating to 1600-2000 BC. Hence, the relative chronology of the latest discoveries suggests that they may be from the same period.

In 2018, the ASI claimed to have found the remains of two chariots and eight well-preserved corpses in a burial chamber in Sinauli, which is considered an important contemporary Harappan burial site in Bagphat district.

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