News: Andhra Pradesh’s second largest petroglyph site, containing about 80 petroglyhs, has been discovered at Mekala Benchi, near Aspari, in Kurnool district
- Petroglyphs are images created by removing part of a rock surface by incising, picking, carving, or abrading, as a form of rock art.
- Kandanathi, with 200 petroglyphs, is also in Kurnool district. While Mekala Benchi has rock carvings dating back from the Neolithic to the Megalithic period, Kandanathi’s carvings range from the prehistoric to the historic period.
- The petroglyphs are mostly images of bulls or bull-riding, and human figures, an elephant, tiger-like animals and cupules.
- Native bulls of western Kurnool are known for their ‘long horns’, as depicted in the petroglyphs
- They were discovered at two boulders, one known as ‘Boodida Konda’ (ash-coloured hill) and the other an unnamed granite hillock
- Settled village life and the finished stone axe are salient Neolithic features of communities settled on granitoid hills or levelled terraces on hillsides or on valley floors
- Petroglyphs of Ratnagiri