Tuesday 1 November 2016

Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka

Some of the rock paintings found at Bhimbetka are approximately 30,000 years old but some of the shelters were inhabited more than 100,000 years ago!

Rock Shelter of Bhimbetka
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The Bhimbetka rock shelters are an archaeological site of the Paleolithic, exhibiting the earliest traces of human life on the Indian subcontinent, and thus the beginning of the South Asian Stone Age. It is located in the Raisen District in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, near Abdullaganj town and inside the Ratapani Wildlife Sanctuary. At least some of the shelters were inhabited by Homo erectus more than 100,000 years ago.

Rock Shelter of Bhimbetka
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The rock shelters and caves of Bhimbetka have a large number of paintings. The oldest paintings are considered to be 30,000 years old, but some of the geometric figures date to as recently as the medieval period. The colors used are vegetable colors which have endured through time because the drawings were generally made deep inside a niche or on inner walls. The drawings and paintings can be classified under seven different periods. - in: wikipedia

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