Mesolithic Rock Painting Discovered in Yadadri Bhuvanagiri

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History enthusiasts discovered a mesolithic (also known as Middle Stone Age) age pre-historic rock painting in the red ochre in Telangana. The rock painting was discovered on the inner side of the hood rock shelter on the small hillock in Telangana.

It was discovered by the members of Kotha Telangana Charitha Brundam, who then verified and cross-checked the paintings with research articles and published books. The paintings resemble the Edathunoor discovery in the Sangareddy district of the state. The paintings were examined and verified by Bandi Muralidhar Reddy, an expert on prehistoric rock art.

The site should be immediately protected, if not, it may face destruction due to real estate excavations in the area.

The painting portrays four bison, two men, and an animal resembling a horse. In the painting, the human figure standing behind the four bison was drawn using the X pattern. The painting of the other man standing near the bison is similar to the petroglyph of a man with a weapon at the Regonda site. This pattern describes that the paintings were belonging to the microlithic age.

Many paintings were lost due to the lime coating by the locals as the nearby cave is worshipped as Lord Venkateswara temple.

Other discoveries by the team on the site - microlith rock tools on the downside of the hillock and evidence of pre-historic iron melting in a nearby cave in the form of iron slag and iron pieces.

 

   Important points for the exam:

  • History enthusiasts discovered a mesolithic age rock art on the inner side of the hood rock shelter on the small hillock in Telangana.
  • The paintings in the red ochre were discovered by the members of Kotha Telangana Charitha Brundam.
  • The paintings were examined and verified by Bandi Muralidhar Reddy, an expert on prehistoric rock art.
  • The paintings depict four wild bison and an x-ray art-style picture of a human standing behind them. A painting of horse-like animal painting could also be found on the rock.
  • Other discoveries by the team on the site - microlith rock tools, and pre-historic iron melting in a nearby cave.

   Facts to know:

  • The mesolithic age is also known as Middle Stone Age.
  • The state Telangana was formed on 2nd June 2014.
  • Chief Minister of Telangana: Mr. K. Chandrashekar Rao.
  • Governor of Telangana: Ms. Tamilisai Soundararajan - also Lt. Governor of Puducherry.
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