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During the last three decades or so research on rock art in several parts of the world has assumed great proportions. The study has progressed from the stage of discovery of rock shelters, identification of animals depicted in, animal distribution pattern during the periods of depiction and their extensions in the past geological horizons if any, and the art site management, techniques of conservation and preservation of rock art. Efforts have also been successfully made to include the study of rock art in the school/ college curriculum so as to help develop awareness amongst the students and general public about the need to preserve this cultural heritage for the posterity and also to highlight its importance in tourism industry. rock art and their chronological sequences to more applied aspects like scientific methods of dating of the rock art, the rate of weathering of the shelters
Signatures of rock art (in the form of paintings, engravings etc. drawn on rocks and rock shelter panels) are one of the most authentic and direct evidence of artistic mind of Early Man and his lifeways. Though these evidences are found almost everywhere in the world, today the bulk of evidence comes from South Africa, Australia and India. India stands distinct in concentration and diversity of rock art. Studies regarding chronology, ecology, conservation and collection of samples have been initiated in recent years and encouraging results are beginning to emerge.