Siddipet: Noted historian Dyavanapalli Satyanarayana has identified 10 prehistoric petroglyphs (rock engravings) in an area spread over 4 km between Dasarlapally village of Mulugu mandal in Siddipet district and Yadaram village of Medchal district.
During a random exploration conducted by Satyanarayana, he found hundreds of red and white rock art paintings belonging to the prehistoric period. Satyanarayana said that they had identified the paintings of two elephants on a 12-foot monolithic stone, locally called Narsagutta, at Yadaram. However, the historian said that they could not exactly determine the age of the paintings. He further said that the residents had chiselled out the figure of Lord Hanuman later on the same rock.
Ten rock sites
In Dasaralapally village, as many as 10 such rock art sites had been discovered by Satyanarayana on Kollagela Gundu, a monolithic hillock. In a small naturally formed cave, the historian said that he had found the paintings of two-humped bulls.
The name Kollagela Gundu is derived from the engravings of young humped bulls. A painting of a man holding a sharp weapon besides the bulls was also found. Another hillock located a kilometre away from Kollagela, called Jaju Pusina Banda (painted rock with ochre), a painting of a farmer proceeding towards his field holding agricultural implements with a cow and calf was engraved on this monolithic rock.
Among the most interesting paintings was that of a priest performing last rites by turning the head of the body to the north side. On the same rock, there were engravings of various wild animals such as antelopes and elephants. A furlong away from this place, Satyanarayana said that they had identified the painting of a hunter holding bow and arrow in his hand.
The historian said that most of the rock paintings belonged to the Neolithic to Megalithic periods. Since a temple of Lord Rama probably belonging to the early Chalukya age, was also found in the area, Satyanarayana said they believed that humans had lived in the area from the Mesolithic age to early historic age.