Kadapa, Nov 13: It was a chance encounter for Y. Ramakrishna Reddy and Lakshmi Kanta Reddy when they came across Mesolithic period rock painting at Gandikota Fort in Kadapa district. The rest is history!
The couple serving two government departments, visited the Gandikota Fort and discovered the geometric patterns on a huge boulder. These comprised circles and elliptical patterns, which represent animals.
The paintings were discovered at Peddakona, located next to Farah Bagh area on the way from the Anantapadmanabha temple of the fort to the gorge of the river Penna.
The paintings were drawn on big rocks, but varied in size, said E. Sivangi Reddy, archaeologist and CEO of The Cultural Centre of Vijayawada (CCV).
Confirming many more such sightings in the area, she further added that this seems to be the oldest, dating back to 10,000-8000 B.C.