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The Chronology of Rock Art
So far no absolute dating methods have been adopted in India in the dating of the rock art phases.
The rock art phases are delineated on the basis of thematic changes in the rock art, usage of colour schemes, superimpositions and state of preservation.
Such phases are tentatively ascribed to different archaeological cultures on the basis of the contextual availability, stylistic similarities and so on. Ethnographic analogies are also attempted in the dating of rock art .
The ‘Internal Analysis’ of Rock art is the best suited for ascribing tentative chronological sequence for the rock art data.