Several artefacts belonging to the pre-historic 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 DN 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 artefacts of the pre-historic age have been found in different places across India, the new findings are unique because they are nicely polished.
"Other ancient materials we discovered include idols of different deities belonging to the 10th or 11th century," Dimri said.