Elongated saw-edged harpoon with four small
hooks projecting from the shaft. Similar weapons
have been sometimes found in hoards in the so-
called DOAB area in Uttar Pradesh. Doab is a
customary word for the intersection between two
confluent rivers, in this case the Yamuna and the
Ganga Rivers. Cast in moulds and mostly high-
tin content copper alloys, the shape of these
weapons would have been strongly influenced by
Mesopotamian prototypes. They thus represent,
besides seals and semi-precious stones, yet
another interesting clues to the extent of cross-
cultural fertilization between the Indus Valley
civilization and the Sumers.
Reference: B. Allchin, South Asian Archaeology,
Cambridge, 1984. R. Allchin, The Archaeology of
Early Historic South Asia: The Emergence of
Cities and States, Cambridge, 1995.
Deo Prakash Sharma, Newly Discovered Copper
Hoard, Weapons of South Asia (C. 2800-1500
B.C.), Delhi, 2002.