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The Anarta tradition is a Regional Chalcolithic tradition first reported as a distinctive ceramic group from North Gujarat. Its regional trait was first recognized in 1985 during the excavations at the site of Nagwada. It is found associated with Pre-Urban Harappan Burial pottery, Urban Harappan elements and pre-Prabhas pottery. This pottery tradition is represented by Gritty Red Ware, Fine Red Ware, Burnished Red Ware and Burnished Grey/Black wares. The vessels are hand/slow-wheel made, and the forms include straight or convex-sided bowls with incurved rims, basins with thick flaring rims, and pots/jars with flaring rims, constricted neck and bulbous body. They are treated with a red slip with paintings in red, black and white. This tradition can be dated between c. 3900 – 1700 BCE.

Anarta pottery from Loteshwar