The recognition of Indian rock art as an archaeo-historical source dates back to 1868, but it was only with the discovery of Bhimbetka, the spectacularly rich rock art site in Madhya Pradesh, in 1958 that it started generating wide interest.
Prehistoric Rock Art of India presents for the fi rst time a well-rounded overview of rock art in India: visual survivals from the many layered Indian history, including the late Stone Age and later Chalcolithic periods. Covering the vast terrain where the author has worked extensively-from Ladakh and other Himalayan locations, to central India including the Vindhyas, the Satpuras, and the Chhota Nagpur Plateau to southern Deccan and Sri Lanka-this work highlights the rock art of the early agricultural and pastoral people.
Documenting narrative picture sequences in line drawings, while at the same time including close-up photographs of well presented details, Erwin Neumayer provides an in depth study of crucial figures and details of implements, among others. For the picture panels on rocks, line drawings-prepared at the spot-and octal photographs have been chosen to clarify their interpretations. With more than 1,000 photographs, line drawings, sketches, and paintings, this book offers a comprehensive survey of rock art across India, and would interest.