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Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: Mesolithic
Date of Inscription: 2003
Location: Asia, India, Madhya Pradesh
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Description: On the southern edge of the central Indian plateau, the Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka sit in the foothills of the Vindhyan Mountains. Five clusters of natural rock shelters, positioned within colossal sandstone outcrops above moderately dense forests, demonstrate paintings that seemingly date from the Mesolithic Period right through to the historical period. The cultural traditions represented in the rock paintings bear a close resemblance to those executed by the inhabitants of the twenty-one villages, which lie adjacent to the site. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
  The Bhimbetka rock shelters compose an archaeological site and World Heritage Site located in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The Bhimbetka shelters exhibit the earliest traces of human life in India; its Stone Age rock paintings are approximately 9,000 years old, making them among the world's oldest. The name Bhimbetika comes from the mythological association of the place with Bhima, one of the Pandavas (The five sons of king Pandu and the queens Kunti and Madri) in the Hindu epic Mahabharata. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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