Thirty-nine weapons, estimated to be more than 3800 years old, were discovered in Uttar Pradesh’s (UP) Mainpuri District in early June. During leveling activity, the villagers unearthed the weapons in a mound in Kuravali’s Ganeshpur village.
The copper horde consists of swords, spears, needles, Trishul (trident), and other weapons. These weapons were in a rusted condition. The SDM (sub-divisional magistrate) reached the spot and got the place sealed. The district administration informed the Agra Circle of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). A team from the Agra Circle surveyed the spot on June 13. The district administration has handed over all the thirty-nine weapons to the archaeological department.
The discovery was made during farming activities in the village mound in Bahadur Singh Fauji Malawan Rajwaha’s field. Singh was getting the mound within his field leveled using a JCB machine. The villagers rushed to the spot when the news regarding the ancient items spread.
Bithoor is the first place in the Ganga belt where a vast horde of ancient weapons dated between 1800-1200 BCE was unearthed. The discovery in Kanpur’s Bithoor was made in 1822 CE. Districts such as Agra, Etah, Mainpuri, and Kanpur are famous for their copper hordes.
Chariots estimated to belong to 2000-1800 BCE were discovered in Baghpat’s Sanauli. In 2006, Sinauli revealed Harappan-era burial grounds where several discoveries were made, such as that painted grey ware pottery, skeletons, bronze swords, and copper vessels. The ASI has not yet established any connection between the recent horde discovered at Mainpuri and the Sanauli (Sinauli) horde.
SDM Kuravali VK Mittal said that information regarding ancient weapons would be available only after the investigation of the Archaeological Department team. The government, including higher officials, has given information in this regard.
Agra circle superintending archaeologist Dr. Rajkumar Patel confirmed the antiquity of the horde. “Initial investigations indicate the horde belongs to around 1800 BCE. Etah, Mainpuri, Agra, and the Ganga belt are known for their copper hordes. There is a possibility we may come across more such copper hordes. The recent copper weapons excavated here are more than 3800 years old”, Patel said.
Discoveries such as the one made at Mainpuri highlight the antiquity of the Bharatiya civilization. Excavations in recent times across Bharat have led to several exciting discoveries that confirm the Hindu civilization’s antiquity.
Murtis of Hindu deities Hanuman and Shanidev were recovered during excavation in a Dargah in UP’s (Uttar Pradesh) Etah. The biggest monolith murti of Bhagwan Natraja was unearthed at Vidisha in Madhya Pradesh. The murti discovered at an ancient site about 140 kilometers from Bhopal (15 kilometers from Ganjbasoda) is believed to be 1500 years old.
A 2000-year-old Mauryan brick platform ruins have been unearthed by the ASI’s (Archeological Survey of India) Meerut circle. The discovery gains importance as the site is believed to be vital and may lead to the ‘lost’ Ashokan pillar site.
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