Meerut, Nov 29: The discovery of an axe belonging to the New Stone Age in Aalamgirpur village near here have put a question mark on the archaeologists' claim of it being only an Harappan site.
The recent discovery might push back the history of the the Ochre Coloured Pottery (OCP), terracotta figurines and utensils to at least 3000 years back. The history of OCP dates back to around 3000 BC (Before Christ) but this discovery might push back the date to 5000-6000 BC. The excavated materials were being sent to Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) centres for futher research. The Indus Valley Civilisation or Harappan Culture is dated between 3000-1500BC.
Senior archaeological experts, Mr Vijay Kumar, who is also DIG Meerut Range, and Mr Satish Jain, who is the founder of Corbetts Society of Naturalists, have jointly proclaimed the discovery of the axe.
The axe, made of basalt, is 5.5 inches long. 1.5 inches wide and weighs 997 grams.
Mr Jain informed that due to earlier discoveries of the Harappan script and other materials from Aalimgirpur, it was considered only a Harappan site.