BEWARE OF FAKE INSTITUTES WITH SIMILAR NAMES. blank    blank
banner

Barsu site in Ratnagiri; Geoglyphs



  Mar 11, 2024

Barsu site in Ratnagiri; Geoglyphs



It stands out for its remarkable collection of geoglyphs, the largest cluster found in the Konkan region. Unlike paintings, these intricate etchings are carved directly onto laterite plateaus, depicting a captivating array of figures. From humans and land animals to possibly even marine creatures, the geoglyphs offer a glimpse into the lives, beliefs, and artistic sensibilities of their prehistoric creators.

One particularly enthralling geoglyph showcases a large-scale scene etched onto the laterite canvas. Measuring an impressive 17.5 x 4.5 meters, it portrays a man standing defiantly between two leaping tigers, a scene frozen in time that sparks the imagination and compels us to wonder about the story it tells.

Beyond their artistic merit, the Barsu geoglyphs hold immense archaeological significance. They represent some of the oldest tangible evidence of human creativity unearthed in the region, offering invaluable insights into the lives and skills of these early inhabitants. The collection itself showcases an evolution in artistic techniques, with the geoglyphs becoming progressively more detailed and sophisticated over time. This progression provides a fascinating window into the artistic development of these ancient civilizations.

Recognizing their importance, there have been efforts to have the Barsu site inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This recognition would not only serve to preserve these irreplaceable works of art for future generations, but also has the potential to transform the region into a significant tourist destination, attracting visitors eager to witness these remarkable testaments to human history.

However, the future of the Barsu geoglyphs hangs in the balance. The proposed construction of a nearby industrial project casts a long shadow, raising concerns among experts about the potential damage it could inflict on these delicate artworks. This potential destruction serves as a stark reminder of the delicate balance between progress and the preservation of our irreplaceable cultural heritage.


SRIRAM'S


Share:
 

Get a call back

Fill the below form to get free counselling for UPSC Civil Services exam preparation

 
UPSC DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS

 
INDIA’S CAPITAL MARKET REFORMS
 
ENERGY EFFICIENCY SERVICES LIMITED (EESL)
 
INDIA’S NEED FOR BATTERY STORAGE IN ENERGY TRANSITION
 
DEDICATED FREIGHT CORRIDORS
 
Committee for Base Year Revision of CPI and WPI Price Indices
 
Preserving India’s Ecological Treasures: Biodiversity Heritage Sites
 
Senna Spectabilis: The Invasive Species
 
India Maritime Centre
 
Two faces of the moon and Change 6
 
Sindhu Sarasvati and Indus Sarasvati Civilisation
 
Ladakh's Ancient Rock Art:
 
PARAMARA DYNASTY: CULTURAL CONTRIBUTIONS AND LEGACY
 
PARAMARA DYNASTY: INDIAN HISTORY
 
Circadian Rhythms
 
Morning Sunlight and Circadian Rhythms