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Rock paintings of Iron Age period found near Krishnagiri

R. Arivanantham
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Rare rock paintings of Iron Age period dating back to 3, 000 to 2,500 years before the present were found in a hillock at Kamaraj Nagar in Pethathalapalli village near Krishnagiri by amateur archaeologists.
Rare rock paintings of Iron Age period dating back to 3, 000 to 2,500 years before the present were found in a hillock at Kamaraj Nagar in Pethathalapalli village near Krishnagiri by amateur archaeologists.

A rock painting of the Iron Age period was found in a hillock near Krishnagiri. This is one of the 11 rare rock paintings found in the hillocks of the district and within a radius of six kilometres from the town.

Archaeologist

According to Sugavana Murugan, a government school teacher and also a freelance archaeologist, only three of the paintings have been studied and the rest are yet to be documented.

Tamil Pandit

The first rock painting was found near the Gothigundu rock in 1972 by late Ramanujam, a Tamil Pandit who worked in the Government Boys Higher Secondary School. Megalithic potteries were also found in large numbers in and around Pethalapalli hillocks.

Survey

The need of the hour is to survey rare ancient rock paintings in the three hillocks around Krishnagiri and safeguard them, said Mr. Sugavana Murugan.

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