This website has been developed as a resource for teaching and for university-based research. This is also for the consultation of heritage planners and administrators, in thinking about strategies for properly conserving the rock art heritage of this country.
One of our primary aims has also been the presentation of visual data outputs from fieldwork conducted by faculty and students, under a two-year research project "The Documentation and Analysis of the Rock Art of Uttar Pradesh with Special Reference to the Rock Art of Mirzapur District, Uttar Pradesh". This project was funded by the Indian Council Of Historical Research (ICHR), New Delhi, and is now published as Pratap, A. 2016. Rock Art of the Vindhyas: An Archaeological Survey. Archaeopress Publishing. Oxford.
We now look to extending survey, documentation and precise dating exercises, closer to the Sone River Valley, which seems to have been at the source of the origin of much of this art, and the human population which later disperses to and within the Vindhyas, at the end of the Pleistocene (the last Ice-Age!). Further research is now on the cards along with Faculty and Students of the Department of History, Faculty of Social Sciences, Banaras Hindu University
Here is wishing you happy viewing!
Ajay Pratap (M. Phil and Ph. D University of Cambridge),
Professor & Head,
Department of History
Faculty of Social Sciences
Banaras Hindu University,
Varanasi - 221 005
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