Saturday, April 26, 2008

ROCK ART SITES FOUND IN INDIA

As a great fan of rock art world-wide I was delighted by this posting:

The Indian Department of Archaeology & Museums has discovered rock-art sites in Warangal and Mahabubnagar districts.

Disclosing the discoveries made last month, Director P. Chenna Reddy said rock-art sites were found in the reserve forest area near Narsapur and Bandala hamlets in Thadwai mandal of Warangal district and near the Akkamahadevi caves in the Srisialam hill ranges by the technical staff of the department.

The rock paintings in red, ochre and white pigments depict various types of animals such as antelopes and peacocks, human figures representing hunting and dancing, and geometrical designs. The paintings near the Akkamahadevi caves are being ascribed to late Mesolithic times, that is, approximately 3000 BCE based on the various animals drawn and style of execution. The rock shelters at Narsapur and Bandal are being associated with Dolmenoid cist chamber burials which helped the department date these painting to Megalithic times (1000 BCE onwards). Reddy said more surveys had been planned in the region

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