One of the most intriguing and mysterious offering for tourists on Goa vacations to see is the Usgalimal Rock Carvings. They were first found in 1993 by the people of the Usgalimal village. The village is located 16 kilometers from Rivona in the Sangueum Taluka, which is in South Goa.
This finding of the Usgalimal Rock Carvings was declared as one of the greatest of findings of pictorial representations of the ancient prehistoric world in India’s history. They were destined to be both studied and viewed by many tourists who come on vacations to Goa.
Here is how they were found:
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The people told the story about the ancient settlement at the bend of the Kushawati River. At that location there was a laterite shelf, which is an iron ore material, which had been covered up by mud. The mud was washed off by floods from a monsoon and then they could see the marvelous Usgalimal Rock Carvings.
The Usgalimal Rock Carvings are made up of 100 different pictures of things like bulls, spirals, human figures and lines. The area is one of the most vital ancient sites that exist in the western part of India and they may be more than 30,000 years old. They are dated from the Upper Paleolithic or Mesolithic eras.Credit: http://myschool.in.com/kids-education-ppt/current-affairs-1194/go-goa-344.html
The Usgalimal Rock Carvings are a type of petroglyph or special rock carving. They are made by the artist taking part of the rock surface off through either carving, incising, picking at it or abrading it. These types of carvings are found in other places besides Goa. In fact, they are found all over the world and are known to be used by many prehistoric tribes.
How do you get to the Usgalimal Rock Carvings?
There is a sign from the village road showing where the Usgalimal Rock Carvings are located. This was necessary since the whole thing can’t be seen from the road due to it being behind one of the area’s old iron mines and it is also several miles from the nearby coast.
Now, lots of tourists who travel to Goa, India know about the famous Usgalimal Rock Carvings. Since then, however, the Forest Department has also made it a protected area so the markings will be kept safe for many generations to see. Plus, some are being displayed in the capital city of Panaji’s Archaeological Museum.Credit: http://www.travelbite.co.uk/travel-directory/jewel-in-the-crown-holidays/experience-the-magic-of-goa-with-jewel-in-the-crown-holidays
Visitors can take pictures of these wonderful carvings, but they can’t touch them. In this way, these mysterious pictorials can be preserved and studied. They are considered mystical and wonderful at the same time and something that many people who come to Goa wish to see before they go back home.
If you find yourself taking holiday packages to Goa, India, the Usgalimal Rock Carvings are a definite place that you cannot miss. You need to schedule yourself a tour of these mysterious carvings right away, as you enjoy all of the other great things about vacations to Goa, India.