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  • Inamgaon is a chalcolithic settlement located in the state of Maharashtra, India.

  • Inamgaon is located in the Bhima river valley and was inhabited during the Chalcolithic period (c. 3300-1300 BCE).

  • The settlement is believed to have been home to several thousand people.

  • Inamgaon was a center of agricultural activity and its inhabitants cultivated crops such as wheat, barley, and lentils.

  • The settlement also had a thriving craft industry, with inhabitants engaged in the production of pottery, stone tools, and metal objects such as copper bracelets.

  • Inamgaon is famous for its unique pottery style, which is characterized by intricate designs and patterns such as fish, birds, and human figures.

Archaeological finds

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  • 134 mud houses have been excavated at Inamgaon.

  •  Most are r ectangular in shape with only one or two rooms . One house, however, has 5 rooms. It may have been the house of the ruling chief.

  •  Next to this house is a granary. The chief may have collected grains from the farmers and stored them here.

  • Oval shaped pits have been found inside most houses.

  •  These pits may have been used to cook food.

  •  Similar pits have also been found outside some houses. It suggests that people may have done some of their cooking outdoors.

  • Storage pits and storage bins have also been found.

  •  Archaeologists have found a lot of pottery and stone tools at Inamgaon.

  • Most of the pots are red in color. Some have black designs on them.

  •  Stone tools may have been used to chop trees, pound meat and skin animals.
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  • The people of Inamgaon made artifacts of copper.

  • Beads made of terracotta , semi-precious stones and ivory have also been found.

  • Some beads are made from sea shells.

  • Numerous terracotta figures have been found at Inamgaon. 
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  • Some had been baked and hardened in clay ovens.

  • Some of the animal figures may have been toys , while others may have had a religious significance.

  • They also worshipped a female goddess as in one of the sites, archaeologists found a clay bull along with a female figure.

  • Seeds and thousands of animal bones also founded.

  • Crops such as wheat, barley, lentils, peas, gram and beans were grown.

  • Meat, fish and dairy products w ere also part of the daily diet.
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