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DISCOVERY OF ROCK ART IN AZAD, JAMMU AND KASHMIR

  • KHAN, M. ASHRAF (Taxila Institute of Asian Civilizations, Quaid-i-Azam University) ;
  • KHAN, SUNDUS ASLAM (Taxila Institute of Asian Civilizations, Quaid-i-Azam University)
  • Published : 2017.12.15

Abstract

Since the beginning of the human world, man has tried to prove his presence on the earth. Wherever he moved, he left his marks in different forms. Whether he lived in caves, in open spaces or in-built structures, he left evidence in art form, the earliest of which are the cave paintings found in various regions of the world. These transformed into open spaces where man carved and painted images and writings on rock faces and boulders. Although Pakistan provided an early home to such art forms, they have been discovered in Kashmir for the first time and will be revealed in this paper. In the present survey, a great number of rock art sites were found and documented in detail. These rock art sites display the earliest communities who settled down or traveled through the region, highlighting their thoughts, beliefs and practices. The tentative chronology of these rock art sites ranges from Neolithic to Hindu periods, creating an interesting mosaic in the historic profile of Kashmir.

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