Rock Art of Goa

At Pansaimol in the Sanguem subdivision in 1993 the discovery of stone - age rock carvings has brought Goa on the map of Indian rock art. The art that gets submerged during the rains is considered to be very old much before early Goans were still hunters, that is, about 8000 to 9000 years old. On the right bank of the Kushavati River the site is situated and it is spread across an area of 5000 sq. mt.

While most of the Indian rock art is either of sandstone or of granite, the Goan rock art in Pansaimol is distinct as the carvings are engraved on very hard laterite platform. Over 100 figures are displayed on the exposed portion of the site depicting the symbols of fertility cult and religious cosmology as also scenes of wounded bisons and animals chase. In the Goa State Museum at Panaji a life-size model of the entire rock art site of Pansaimol has been created.

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