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Researchers explored a rock art site near Idupulapaya in India

A rock art site was discovered near Idupulapaya in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

Rock paintings from the Megalithic culture periods were discovered in Idupulapaya by a team of Yogi Vemana University history and archaeology experts.

The team led by Prof Kankanala Gangaiah of Yogi Vemana University discovered this area of rock art on September 23.

This rock shelter was found close to Idupulapaya IIIT and YSR Ghat. A water stream trail leads to the site. The main rock shelter is situated on a plateau, and it faces a local creek. At 10.5 meters above ground level, there is a cave with a narrow platform.

Rock art
Rock art is widely found in caves and in shady parts of the rocky Vindhya hills of Central India, where the Panna Tiger Reserve is located. Deer with arrows shot into it, hunter and a long-horned bovine on the right. © Kolipaka. S.S

The drawing is found around the ground-level rock cave structures and on the ceiling wall of the upper deck cave structure. The upper plate is reached through a hard vertical rock climb. The route to the top plate is highlighted by several creative drawings. All the pictures on the site found by the team are painted in white ochre material using brush technique.

Most of the paintings are in the open. The team speculates that there may be megalithic tombs in and around the rock bunker, which is covered by thick vegetation. The team studied various themes of the white paint drawings scattered throughout the shelter.

The various pictures drawn can be classified as Stick drawings of humans as individual warriors with swords, human warriors riding on horseback holding swords, humans in groups in war scenes and performing rituals, mask-decorated man, birdman or a man sacrificing a bull, drawings of elephant, horse, tiger, humped bull, religious symbols like Swastika, trident, a circle with three spikes, symbols like a ladder, circle, and Nandi pada can be found on the rocks on the bank of the stream.

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