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The History of Rock Art Research
Rock art in South India was discovered as early as 1891.The earliest discovery of petroglyphs on the Koppagallu hill in Bellary district was made by Fred Fawcett (1892) who with the assistance of H.T.Knox and Robert Sewell discovered them.
Robert Bruce Foote later visited this site and discovered some more bruisings and engravings in 1903 (Foote 1916:87-88).
Fawcett, as Archibald Carlylle in Central India, recognized the prehistoric antiquity of the Rock art.
The other significant discovery of Fawcett, the engravings in the Edakal (literally meaning “a stone in between”) cave in the Wynad district of Kerala(1901)