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15 January 2007
Prehistoric artefacts found in Orissa

Several artefacts belonging to the prehistoric ages have been discovered in Orissa during exploration by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). The ASI combed around 85 villages as part of its survey of antiquarian remains in December. They found scores of nicely polished artefacts like chisels, axes and idols from 38 villages, on slopes, foothills and hillocks.
     "We also found some handmade pots with cord impression. The artefacts are of the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic age," superintending archaeologist D.N. Dimri said. "The items are being examined further to determine their exact age. But from the evidence available we are sure they are from the pre-historic age," he added. Dimri said the settlers in the area could have been nomadic.
     Although other prehistoric artefacts have been found in different places across India, the new findings are unique because they are nicely polished.

Source: Monster and Critics (11 January 2006)

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