Monday, February 25, 2013

Rock engravings of Kerala..

As different from other parts of the country, rock engravings in Kerala are rerlatively young. The oldest rock engravings found are in the Wayanad area ( it is not known whether there were engravings in other areas too, but over thousands of years of human growth and civilization all traces have been either lost or destroyed.

Edakkal in Wayanad have rock engravings of the mesolithic age ( ie. 10,000 to 4000 BC).

Here is an image  ..

This was discovered around 1911 AD. This is to be contraseted with the rock engravings done on Laterite rocks in Usgalimal near Rivona on the banks of the Kushawati river which is of the Paleolithic area ( ie 30,000 to 20,000 BC).

The Paleolithis, mesolithic and neolithic are beasically of the stone age ( lithos - stone in Greek) . The Paleolithis was before agriculture started and from mesolithic age, agriculture started. The stone age ends around 4000 BC when the copper age / bronze age / iron age etc started..


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