Chalcolithic Age in India

Chalcolithic is also known as Eneolithic period which saw the use of the metals among which the Copper was first. It is called Chalcolithic which means use of stone and well as copper was prevalent in this period. The earliest settlements of the Chalcolithic period range from the Gangetic basin to Chhotanagpur Plateau. The economy of this period was based upon agriculture, stock raising, hunting and fishing. Limited number of Copper and bronze tools have also been recovered.

  • The presence of painted pottery is a hall mark of the Chalcolithic period.
  • The burial practice was another striking feature and the dead were buried in a particular direction all over a particular area.
  • The largest site of the Chalcolithic period is Diamabad situated on the left bank of the Pravara River.
  • The pottery ranges from Red ware , deep red ware to deep brown and black, Pictographic red and black and polished red.

Some Chalcolithic Cultures

  • Ahara Culture: The sites of Ahar Culture were Aahar (Rajasthan), balathal, Gilund etc. The distinctive feature is black and red ware.
  • Kayatha Culture: Located in Chambal and its tributaries, the sturdy red slipped ware with chocolate designs is main feature
  • Malwa Culture: Narmada & its tributaries in Gujarat. One of the largest Chalcolithic settlements.
  • Svalda Culture: The well-known sites are in Dhulia district of Maharashtra.
  • Prabhas & Rangpur Culture: Both of them are derived from the Harappa culture. The polished red ware is the hall mark of this culture.

Important Observations about Chalcolithic Culture

  • The lower Palaeolithic sites were not found on the plains of Indus, Saraswati, Brahmaputra and Ganga because probably material in the form of stone was not available over there. As Stone was the major industry of the time. Then, in northern India , Mesolithic sites have not been recorded.
  • The main difference between the Lower Paleolithic and upper Paleolithic was that in Lower Paleolithic quartzite was mainly used while in upper Paleolithic crypto-crystalline silica was mainly used.
  • In Kashmir, the people of Neolithic settelements used to bury dogs with their masters .
  • Apart from the stone tools, there is one side in India which gives evidence of Bone tools in Paleolithic Era. It is Muchchatta Chintamanu Gavi. Its located in kurnool .
  • Cultivation of cotton was a main feature of Mehrgarh as well as Indus Valley Civilization.
  • The Earliest evidence of Rice cultivation has come from Belan Valley
  • The Middle Palaeolithic Industry based upon stone was located in southern Thar desert in Rajasthan and it was called Luni industry.
  • The most common animal in the cave paintings of Palaeolithic and Mesolithic era was was deer.
  • The people of Gilund in Rajasthan were NOT aware of bricks.
  • The Banana, Coconut, areca nut etc. Came from South East Asia around 2000 BC


  • masiur

    what was the exact period of chalcolithic age…..i mean exact age from it began……

  • varun modgil

    2800 to 700 bc… That’s the period my friend

    • oly

      3500-1700 bc

  • Nilesh Patil

    What is the exact difference between chalcolithic age and bronze age. And did harrapan culture went through any of the previous age I.e. neolithic or chalcolithic period

  • Muralidhar

    By the invasion of aryans in 2500 bc the end of harappa and mohenjedaro was cloSed. They killed everyone. this might be one of the reason for the demolition of harappan civilization indus valley civilization.aryans were considered as most brutal people during that period. they were the one who demolished/destroyed entire harappa and mohenjo-daro civilization. so the harappan culture does not exist during the neolithic and chalcolithic period this period is mainly the aryans who had taken of.

    • Rational Hindu

      The Aryan Invasion Theory is a myth that has been completely debunked by archeology, population genetics, geology of Saraswati river basin. Your answer is about 80 years out of date!

  • gp

    What is Main difference between chalcolithic and harappan culture ?

    • Eithan Malachy

      Chalcolithic period was transition between Stone Age and metal age. This was the period in which stone tools were loosing their significance and copper tools were finding grounds. Toady it is considered part of Stone Age but there is no clearcut distinctions. Harappan culture is identified by bronz an alloy of copper and tin and sometimes other metals. Hence it was highly advanced than chalcolithic period. Stone tools were completely replaced my bronz and copper in harappan culture. All aspects of society intellectual, religious, social, economic, political and military(security) were equally advance.

  • M afzal

    I want to know the names of four important chalcolathic sites


    • Rajasthan, malwa, northern deccan ,Gujart and bihar CHALCOLITHIC SITE ,

    • Chalcolithic culture not cover insingapali and rumpuram district in the kurnal district of andhra Pradesh….in this area painted pottery mostly black and red and floors plastered found.


    • Chalcolithic culture not cover insingapali and rumpuram district in the kurnal district of andhra Pradesh….in this area painted pottery mostly black and red and floors plastered found.

    • • Rajasthan, malwa, northern deccan ,Gujart and bihar CHALCOLITHIC SITE