More Rock Art Paintings From Tamilnadu, India
The Archeological Survey of India recently discovered about 400-odd cup marks known as petroglyphs in a hill site in Pudukottai in Tamilnadu, India. These are similar to the World Heritage Sites discovered by UNESCO in Madhya Pradesh. In the present discovery, some rock paintings and stone beds were discovered. Stone tools were used here to carve the symbols, maybe man’s earliest artistic and creative manifestation. These marks may belong to the Mesolithic culture between 3000 BC and 5000 BC though precise studies are still undergoing. These marks could either be religious or symbolic expressions of that period. They are a few millimeters in depth and width and have a smooth finish.
The Survey team discovered three natural caves. While one had a five-line Brahmi script inscription, the other two caves had Jain stone beds known locally as the “samanar padukkai” presumably used by the Jain preachers. Lime powder mixed in water was used for the painting.
The exciting discovery has prompted the Rock Art Society of India (RASI) to get scientific dating of these findings from the International Federation of Rock Art Organization (IFRAO).
Source: Times of India, March 23, 2009