Ancient rock art found in eastern India

Ancient rock art was found near the Marella Balijapalli village in north-western Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh state of India. The paintings show both people and animals.

Documentation of rock art found at Marella Balijapalli village (by The Hindu)
Documentation of rock art found at Marella Balijapalli village (by The Hindu)

Researchers of the Yogi Vemana University recently found this rare rock art, which may shed more light on the areas archaeological past. The paintings are made with white pigment and are located on the walls of a rock boulder perched on a hillock. One of the paintings depicts a female warrior holding a lance in both the hands, wearing head gear and shoes. She also is holding a long sword and a dagger on either side of her waist. To her right a standing horse is drawn. Nearby a parrot and elephant and a floral design were also noticed, while some paintings got eroded due to long exposure to sun and rain. The paintings are dated to the megalithic period, around 500 BC and the paintings on the hillock to early historic period, prior to 10th century AD.

(after The Hindu)

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