Madhya Pradesh houses world's oldest rock art: experts

The petroglyph rock art at Daraki-Chattan (hillock) near Bhanpura in Madhya Pradesh is the "world's oldest rock art" and is almost 2 to 5 lakh years' old, according to experts.

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Mandsaur, Nov 25: The petroglyph rock art at Daraki-Chattan (hillock) near Bhanpura in Madhya Pradesh is the "world's oldest rock art" and is almost 2 to 5 lakh years' old, according to experts.

The successful expedition from November 2 to 23 this year for securing scientific dates for the world's earliest rock art was led by Rock Art Society of India Secretary General Professor Giriraj Kumar along with Australian scientist Robert G Bednarik.

Bednarik is the topmost rock art scientist in the world and convener of International Federation of Rock Art Organisations (IFRAO), according to Kumar.

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"As per our findings, this rock art at Daraki-Chattan in Bhanpur area of Mandsaur district is the world's oldest so far and is about 2-5 lakh years old," claimed Kumar, who is also Professor in Rock Art Science at Faculty of Arts in Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra.

"Some of the over 530 cupules on a wall in Daraki- Chattan cave were found during research in the area which began as early as 2002," he said.

"Besides we have also found hammer stones which were nearly 5 lakh years old during our research in the area," Kumar claimed.

Giving details about the project, he said, "The field work for the project has just been completed in Mandsaur region of Madhya Pradesh. Its purpose was to secure samples and data to establish the age of the petroglyph rock art at Daraki-Chattan, one of the two Indian sites that feature the oldest rock art known in the world."

"To succeed in this complex task, the project involves the participation of several researchers from India, Australia and Europe. It has been known for some years that this rock art, consisting of petroglyphs in a quartzite cave, is among the oldest ever found in the world, but so far the full age of this find has remained elusive to the scientists," he said.

PTI

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