Discovery of Bhimbetka Rock Shelters

According to the citation of UNESCO which declares Bhimbetka Rock Shelters as World Heritage Site, the rock caves of Bhimbetka was mentioned first in the archeological records of India as Buddhist site in the year 1888, according to the data collected from locals. Later on, some rock formations were found by V.S. Wakankar when he was traveling by train. They were similar to the rock caves he had seen in France and Spain. In 1957, he gathered an archeologists’ team and visited the site and found a lot of primeval rock shelters.

Meanwhile, over 750 other rock shelters were identified and 178 of them belong to LakhaJuar Group and 243 of them belong to Bhimbetka group. According to the archeological studies, a frequent sequence from the late Mesolithic and Acheulian age was revealed. Some of the oldest stone floors and walls of the world from Stone Age were also found in Bhimbetka.Some of the monoliths found at Bhimbetka have the raw materials which were used at Barkheda.