Stone Age – Old Year Questions and Answers

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The Stone Age, spanning from approximately 2.5 million years ago to around 4,000 BCE, was a period characterized by the use of stone tools and the development of early human societies. It witnessed remarkable advancements in technology, the emergence of art and symbolism, and the birth of human innovation.

In this series, we will explore the key aspects of the Stone Age, including its subdivisions such as the Paleolithic, Mesolithic, and Neolithic periods. We will uncover the daily lives of our ancient ancestors, their hunting and gathering practices, their spiritual beliefs, and the challenges they faced in their quest for survival.

“Stone Age – Old Year Questions & Answers” aims to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of this crucial chapter in human history. Whether you are a student, a history enthusiast, or simply curious about the origins of our species, this series will help you in all the prelims exams whether it is UPSC or State PSCs.

1. Robert Bruce Foote, who discovered the first Palaeolithic tool in India was an –

(a) Geologist
(b) Archaeologist
(c) Paleobotanist
(d) Historian

[U.P. Lower Sub. (Pre) 2015]


2. The three-age system, which is divided into stone, bronze and iron from the collection of the Copenhagen Museum was coined by –

(a) Thomson
(b) Lubbock
(c) Taylor
(d) Childe

[U.P. P.C.S. (Pre) 2010]


3. According to the excavated evidence, the domestication of animals began in –

(a) Lower Palaeolithic period
(b) Middle Palaeolithic period
(c) Upper Palaeolithic period
(d) Mesolithic period

[U.P.P.C.S. (Mains) 2006]


Q 4. Which among the following sites provides evidence of the domestication of animals in the Mesolithic period?

(a) Odai
(b) Bori
(c) Bagor
(d) Lakhnia

[U.P.P.C.S. (Pre) 2018]


5. In the Mesolithic context, evidence of animal domestication has been found at :

(a) Langhnaj
(b) Birbhanpur
(c) Adamgarh
(d) Chopani Mando

[U.P.P.C.S. (Spl) (Pre) 2008]


6. From which one of the following sites bone implements have been found?

(a) Chopani-Mando
(b) Kakoria
(c) Mahadaha
(d) Sarai Nahar Rai

[U.P.P.C.S. (Mains) 2010]


7. Bone ornaments in the Mesolithic context in India have been obtained from –

(a) Sarai Nahar Rai
(b) Mahadaha
(c) Lekhahia
(d) Chopani Mando

[U.P.R.O./A.R.O. (Mains) 2013]


8. Three human skeletons in a single grave were recovered at –

(a) Sarai Nahar Rai
(b) Damdama
(c) Mahadaha
(d) Langhnaj

[U.P.P.C.S. (Pre) 2016]


9. The cultivation of cereals first started in –

(a) Neolithic Age
(b) Mesolithic Age
(c) Palaeolithic Age
(d) Proto-Historic Age

[U.P.P.C.S. (Mains) 2005]


10. During the Neolithic Age, the earliest evidence of the origin of agriculture has been found at which of the following place in the North-Western region of the Indian sub-continent?

(a) Munidgak
(b) Mehargarh
(c) Damb Sadat
(d) Balakot
(e) Amri

[Chhattisgarh P.C.S. (Pre) 2017]


11. The earliest evidence of man in India is found in

(a) Nilgiri Hills
(b) Shiwalik Hills
(c) Nallamala Hills
(d) Narmada Valley

[Uttarakhand P.C.S. (Pre) 2006]


12. The first cereal used by man was :

(a) Wheat
(b) Rice
(c) Barley
(d) Sorghum

[U.P.P.C.S. (Pre) 1997]


13. The earliest evidence of agriculture in the Indian subcontinent comes from –

(a) Koldihwa
(b) Lahuradeva
(c) Mehrgarh
(d) Tokwa

[U.P. Lower Sub. (Pre) 2008]


14. With reference to the cultural heritage of Uttar Pradesh, which of the following statement/s is/are correct?

(1) The oldest evidence of agriculture in the global context has been obtained from many excavated sites in this region.

(2) The oldest cultivated food grains are barley and paddy.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below –

(a) Only 1
(b) Only 2
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2

[U.P.R.O./A.R.O. (Pre.) 2021]


15. Name the site which has revealed the earliest evidence of settled life?

(a) Dholavira
(b) Kile Gul Mohammad
(c) Kalibangan
(d) Mehrgarh

[U.P.P.C.S. (Spl) (Mains) 2008]


16. The earliest evidence of agriculture in the Indian Subcontinent has been obtained from –

(a) Brahmagiri
(b) Burzahom
(c) Koldihwa
(d) Mehrgarh

[U.P.P.C.S. (Mains) 2010]


17. The earliest evidence of Agriculture in the Indian subcontinent is found at

(a) Lothal
(b) Harappa
(c) Mehrgarh
(d) Mundigak

[U.P.P.C.S. (Mains) 2007]


18. Which one of the following periods is also known as Chalcolithic Age?

(a) Old Stone Age
(b) New Stone Age
(c) Copper Age
(d) Iron Age

[44th B.P.S.C. (Pre) 2000]


19. The cultural remains from Stone Age to Harappan Civilization have been obtained from which one of the following ancient sites?

(a) Amri
(b) Mehrgarh
(c) Kotdiji
(d) Kalibangan

[U.P.P.C.S. (Pre) 2008]


20. Excavation at Navadatoli was conducted by –

(a) K.D. Bajpai
(b) V.S. Wakankar
(C) H.D. Sankalia
(d) Mortimer Whéeler

[U.P. Lower Spl. (Pre) 2008]


21. In which state, the Navdatoli is located?

(a) Gujarat
(b) Maharashtra
(c) Chhattisgarh
(d) Madhya Pradesh

[U.P.P.C.S. (Mains) 2009]


22. In which state of India is the Harappan Civilization site Mandi situated?

(a) Gujarat
(b) Haryana
(c) Rajasthan
(d) Uttar Pradesh

[U.P.P.C.S. (Pre.) 2021]


23. Consider the following statements pertaining to the Ahar Civilization –

A. The natives of Ahar knew copper smelting
B. Rice was unknown to them
C. Metalwork was one of the means of the economy of the Ahar
D. Black – Red coloured pottery has been found here, on which generally white-coloured geometrical designs have been carved.

Choose the correct option –
(a) A, C and D are correct
(b) A and B are correct
(c) A, B and C are correct
(d) C and D are correct

[R.A.S./R.T.S. (Pre.) 2021]


24. Megaliths have been identified as-

(a) Caves for hermits
(b) Burial sites
(c) Temple sites
(d) None of the above

[U.P.P.C.S. (Mains) 2005]


25. Ash mound is associated with the Neolithic site at –

(a) Budihal
(b) Sangana Kallu
(c) Koldihwa
(d) Brahmagiri

[U.P.P.C.S. (Mains) 2009]


26. ‘Bhimbetka’ is famous for –

(a) Rock Paintings
(b) Buddhist Statues
(c) Minerals
(d) Origin of Son River

[M.P.P.C.S. (Spl) (Pre) 2004]


27. In India, from which rock shelter, pictures have been found the most?

(a) Ghagharia
(b) Bhimbetka
(c) Lekhahia
(d) Adamgarh

[U.P.P.C.S. (Pre) 2008]


28. Which one of the following places is famous for pre-historic paintings?

(a) Ajanta
(b) Bhimbetka
(c) Bagh
(d) Amravati

[U.P.P.C.S. (Mains) 2011,Uttarakhand U.D.A./L.D.A. (Mains) 2007]


29. Where are the caves of Bhimbetka situated?

(a) Bhopal
(b) Pachmarhi
(c) Singrauli
(d) Abdullahganj-Raisen

[M.P.P.C.S. (Pre) 2013]


30. Which of the following Indian Archaeologists first visited ‘Bhimbetka Caves’ and discovered the prehistoric significance of its rock paintings?

(a) Madho Swaroop Vatsa
(b) H.D. Sankalia
(c) V.S. Wakankar
(d) V.N. Mishra

[U.P.P.C.S. (Pre) 2020]


31. Bhimbetka was discovered by

(a) Dr. H.D. Sankhalia
(b) Dr. Shyam Sundar Nigam
(c) Dr. Vishnudhar Vakankar
(d) Dr. Rajbali Pandey

[M.P.P.C.S. (Pre.) 2020]


32. The Ochre-coloured Pottery (O.C.P.) was christened at:

(a) Hastinapur
(b) Ahichhatra
(c) Noh
(d) Red Fort

[U.P.P.C.S. (Mains) 2006]


33. In the Chalcolithic period, the people of Maharashtra buried their dead under the floor of their houses in the following orientation:

(a) North to South position
(b) East to West position
(c) South to North position
(d) West-to-East position

[U.P.P.C.S. (Pre) 1997]


34. Which of the following sites has yielded the skeleton of the dog along with the human skeleton in burial?

(a) Brahmagiri
(b) Burzahom
(c) Chirand
(d) Maski

[U.P. Lower Sub. (Pre) 2008]


35. The evidence of burying the dog with the human body is found in which of the following places?

(a) Burzahom
(b) Koldihwa
(c) Chaupani
(d) Mando

[Uttarakhand P.C.S. (Pre) 2010]


36. The evidence of pit dwelling has been obtained from –

(a) Burzahom
(b) Koldihwa
(c) Brahmagiri
(d) Sanganakallu

[U.P.P.C.S. (Mains) 2011]


37. Consider the following pairs:

  (Historical place) (Well-known for)
1 Burzahom Rock-cut shrines
2 Chandra-ketugarh Terracotta art
3 Ganeshwar Copper artefacts

Which of the pairs given above is/are correctly matched?
(a) 1 only
(b) 1 and 2
(c) 3 only
(d) 2 and 3

[U.P.R.O./A.R.O. (Pre.) 2021]


38. From which rock shelter of Vindhyas, a maximum number of human skeletons have been found?

(a) Morahana Pahar
(b) Ghagharia
(c) Baghahi Khor
(d) Lekhahia

[U.P.P.C.S. (Pre) 2016]


39. Given below are two statements, one is labelled as Assertion (A) and other as Reason (R).

Assertion (A): The stone age people of the Vindhyas migrated to the Ganga Valley in the terminal Pleistocene period.
Reason (R): Due to climatic change, it was a dry phase in this period.

Choose the correct answer from the code given below.
Code :
(a) Both (A) and (R) are true and (R) is the correct
explanation of (A)
(b) Both (A) and (R) are true and (R) is not the correct
explanation of (A)
(c) (A) is true but (R) is false
(d) (A) is false but (R) is true

[U.P.R.O./A.R.O. (Mains) 2016]


40. Which of these departments/ministries deals with the Archaeological Survey of India as an accessory office?

(a) Culture
(b) Tourism
(c) Science and Technology
(d) Human Resource and Development

[Jharkhand P.C.S. (Pre) 2011]


41. Where is National Human Museum situated?

(a) Guwahati
(b) Bastar
(c) Bhopal
(d) Chennai

[M.P. P.C.S. (Pre) 1997]