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4000-yr-old Skeleton discovered in Odisha

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TNI Bureau: In a significant discovery that would throw light on the ancient civilisation of Chalcolithic age (Copper Age), the archeologists have found a human skeleton and remnants of about 3500-4000-year-old from a village in Khordha, about 20 km from Bhubaneswar.

The archeologists expect that the remnants and skeleton have close links with the human habitant of Chalcolithic age in coastal Odisha. It is expected to throw light on the history of ancient Odisha at least a thousand years prior to the establishment of Sishupalgarh.

The skeleton would be sent to Lucknow for the Paleopathology tests to know the age, gender, height, occupation, and disease of the person.

This is the second discovery of human skeleton in Odisha. It was found at Asurabandha near Bonga village, which falls under Harirajpur panchayat in Khordha. Earlier, the remains of a child were found in Golabai site in the same district during an excavation 20 years ago.

Speaking more on the discovery, Prof Kishore Basa, said that excavation was carried out by a team of archeologists from Deccan College in Pune in association with the Centre for Heritage and anthropology department of Utkal University on the basis of data and findings given by Dr. Anam Behera. The team unearthed articles such as copper-made pottery, animal bones, the floor and hearth of a house.

Prof. Basa said that Dr. Behera had found some copper articles from the same area near Bonga village a year ago. The excavation started last month. The preliminary investigation said that the articles could be 3500-4000 years old. The pottery discovered from the site is polished. It is believed that the articles are of Chalcolithic age.

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