4,000-year-old copper swords discovered in Mainpuri, Uttar Pradesh, under a field

Archaeological Survey of India found copper swords and harpoons under the soil in Uttar Pradeshs Mainpuri . The weapons were found by chance under a field in Uttar Pradeshs Mainpuri .

AGRA: They had big weapons, used long swords-some up to 4 feet long-and arms with sharp, elaborate shapes, like starfish.Our ancestors fought brutally and hard almost 4,000 years ago, according to a strange find under the ground in UPs Mainpuri.The findings have been deemed thrilling by archaeologists.A farmer was levelling his two-bigha field in Mainpuris Ganeshpur village earlier this month when he discovered a large number of copper swords and harpoons under the soil.

However, some locals alerted cops and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) stepped forward.Among the items discovered were various swords, some of which were called antenna swords and harpoons by archaeologists, with a hook at the bottom.According to experts, a hoard of 4,000-year-old copper weapons discovered by chance under a field in Uttar Pradesh's Mainpuri can be traced back to the copper age.These copper hoards are from the Chalcolithic period (copper age), and the appearance of Ochre Coloured Pottery (OCP) is closely related to this period, according to ASI's archaeologist Bhuvan Vikram.

OCP has a common period of 2,000 to 1,500 BCE.Pottery from this period had a red slip, but the archaeologists who touched it could tell it was ochre, hence the name.Vasant Swarnkar, the director of conservation and spokesperson of ASI, said that there have been many reports that show that the material discovered at Mainpuri was nearly 3,800-4,000 years old.On samples collected from Sanauli (Baghpat), Madarpur (Moradabad), and Sakatpur (Saharanpur), a carbon dating experiment was also carried out.

The presence of weapons indicates that the people of this period were engaged in conflict, and that could be between two large groups for land or rights.According to him, these weapons could not have been carried by the ordinary man.It was a chance discovery, according to superintending archaeologist Raj Kumar Patel, who described it as a chance discovery.Vikram, who was involved in the excavations in Sakatpur village in Saharanpur district, said, What needs to be understood is why the weapons were discovered in a cluster.

Professor Manvendra Pundhir, a historian and archaeologist at AMU, said that these arms were either used to transport or hunt people.An earlier excavations in Sanauli discovered a war chariot, which supports the warrior theory.The results indicate that war was common during the copper age, but that problem needs to be addressed even more.