Six copper axes and some pieces of pottery discovered at Rampur Maniharan site in Sakatpur, Uttar Pradesh, India. Archaeologists believe they might indicate the existence of a separate culture that straddled the Ganges-Yamuna Culture, contemporary with the Indus Valley Civilisation (3300-1700 BC).
The axes were discovered by workers of a brick kiln when they were digging to collect soil. After three days of excavations that followed, archaeologists discovered pottery shards. Experts believe that a separate culture thrived in the fertile plains between the Ganges and the Yamuna rivers in western Uttar Pradesh, Northern India, when the Indus Valley civilisation flourished in what is today Punjab, Haryana and parts of Pakistan. The discovered copper axes and pottery sherds may be related to the Ochre Coloured Pottery culture in the plains of the two rivers in the late Harappan period, around 2000 BC. The Ochre Coloured Pottery culture marked the last stage of the North Indian Copper Age.
(after The Hindu)