Ochre Colored Pottery (OCP)

  • It is a Bronze Age culture of the Indo-Gangetic Plain”generally dated 2000-1500 BCE,” extending from eastern Punjab to northeastern Rajasthan and western Uttar Pradesh.
  • Artefacts of this culture show similarities with both the Late Harappan culture and the Vedic culture.
  • As its name implies, its main distinguishing feature is its ochre colour, which gives the appearance of being badly fired.
  • Its other characteristic feature is a porous texture and a weathering out of the edges of sherds (broken piece of ceramic material)
  • It was sometimes decorated with black painted bands and incised patterns. It is often found in association with copper hoards, which are assemblages of copper weapons and other artifacts such as anthropomorphic figures.