..continued from Prehistoric Petroglyphs of Kappagallu - part I.
We are approximately half way up the hill. At the edge of the dyke are two large rocks with hundreds of drawings on them. Unfortunately these rocks were not reachable, I had to use telephoto lens to shoot them.
Zooming in: Groups of dancing human figures dominate the rock. One of the chain of human has close to 40 individual human figures. Then there are variety of animals- elephant, tiger, buffalo, crane, peacock, and bull. The prominent one being the elephant with long tusks, close it are two men, they seem to be tending the beast. Also there's one drawing similar to the bull-axe wheel see earlier (see previous post).
Here we have an interesting drawing, probably a hunting scene. A running human figure wielding a spear, it seems like a female figure chasing a small animal. Besides the hunting scene, we have a standing human figure and a simple four-spoke whee.
Now we have one of the important petroglyphs on this hill. A large bull with forked horns, a peacock and a man. I remember seeing this petroglyph in one of the research papers published by a western archeologist.
An upper view of the tall rock with animal pictures. Earlier we had seen these rocks from below.
It's time to head back, we have a long descent ahead of us. Very close to the base of this hill, just outside the fencing are two grey-white patches- one is a mound while the other is flat - they are prehistoric ash mounds. While one mound is preserved (though partially damaged) the other one is destroyed, field owners have demolished the mound, destroying a prehistoric monument forever.
In the plains below - once a prehistoric settlement - are several monuments such as Beerappa rock shelter and Rakshi Gundu.
We descend by taking a different path, we had not passed this rock formation while ascending. Note how the rock has broken into pieces yet standing as though its one piece.
ash mound and Beerappa rock shelter.
March 7th remains an important day for me because I go an opportunity to see three types of prehistoric artifacts- stone implements, petroglyphs and ash mound. I wish to come back and spend an entire day exploring this hill, an abode of our ancestors.