Andhra unveils second largest rock art trove
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Andhra Pradesh’s second largest petroglyph site, containing about 80 petroglyhs, has been discovered at Mekala Benchi, a spot near Aspari town, north of the Kurnool-Ballari highway in Kurnool district.
- Petroglyphs are carvings made on rock structures which are prehistoric precursor to art.
- Mostly have images of bulls or bull-riding, in addition to human figures, an elephant, tiger-like animals and cupules.
- Other thing found a polished and finished triangular axe, two normally finished axes, a broken axe, rubbing stone, and potsherds.
- Gollas also use beautifully finished axes made of iron, which look very similar to the fine polished stone axes of the Neolithic era.
- The petroglyphs were recently discovered by Yadava Raghu, an archaeologist working as an academic consultant with Yogi Vemana University’s Department of History and Archeology.
- Two boulders, one known locally as ‘Boodida Konda’ (ash-coloured hill) and the other an unnamed granite hillock, mostly have images of bulls or bull-riding, in addition to human figures, an elephant, tiger-like animals and cupules.
- The current archeological site, at the granite foothills of Boodida Konda, could possibily a Neolithic settlement,
- Kandanathi, with 200 petroglyphs, is also in Kurnool district.