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NEW CAVE PAINTINGS DISCOVERED IN TAPTI VALLEY

A group of freelance scientists discovered rock shelter painting sites in Tapti valley deep inside the Satpura ranges in Gawilgarh hills on Maharashtra (MS) -Madhya Pradesh (MP) border & only 60 Km. from Amravati city in Vidarbha. There has not been any known previous record of such cave paintings at the said region except a few near Pachmarhi (MP). The team of scientists led by Dr. Vijay Ingole from Amravati comprising Mr. Padmakar Lad, Mr. Shirishkumar Patil, Dr. Manohar Khode, Mr. Dnyaneswar Damahe and Mr. Pradeep Hirurkar has been in search of such caves in the above location in Satpura range for the last 10 years. Their efforts were eventually rewarded during the last week of January 2007 when they discovered the first rock shelter with ancient paintings. Later within the next 6 months more than 100 cave shelters and 30 of such rock shelter painting sites dating from upper Paleolithic ( 15000 BC) period to Prehistoric ( 2000 to 4000 BC) period have been discovered and recorded. It is evident from the diversity, quality of paintings, pictographs and having early human settlement for such a long duration one would not have any doubt that the above site will be a world heritage in the near future. Now the site is under Archeological Survey of India (ASI) since 2012.

Dr. Vijay T. Ingole
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