Paleolithic Period

  • Subjects were confined to simple human figures, human activities, geometric designs, and symbols.
  • In India, remnants of rock paintings have been found on caves’ walls in several districts of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala, Bihar, and Uttarakhand.
  • Some examples of early rock paintings sites are Lakhudiyar in Uttarakhand, Kupgallu in Telangana, Piklihal, and Tekkalkotta in Karnataka, Bhimbetka and Jogimara in Madhya Pradesh, Karikiyoor rock art in Tamil Nadu, etc.
  • Paintings discovered can be divided into three categories: Man, Animal, and Geometric symbols.
  • Bhimbetka Caves represent excellent prehistoric paintings in India: They consist of nearly 400 painted rock shelters in five clusters.

Important Sites of Palaeolithic Age

  • Lakhudiyar, Uttarakhand                                                
  • Kupgallu, Telangana,
  • Piklihal, Karnataka
  • Tekkalkotta, Karnataka
  • Bhimbetka, Madhya Pradesh 
  • Jogimara, Madhya Pradesh
  • Karikiyoor, Tamil Nadu
Paleolithic Period climatic zones of India

Fig: Palaeolithic Sites

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