The Petroglyph is an image drawn by removing part of a rock surface by incising, picking, carving or abrading as a form of rock art. Petroglyphs are normally found across the world. They are often related to prehistoric people.
The petroglyphs present in and around the Ratnagiri area are spread over the open spaces on the outskirts of villages. The rock carvings carved on the Laterite stone is what makes it unique.
These petroglyphs vary in shape and size. The carvings cover shapes of human figures, birds, animals, geometric forms and composite creatures. The size of these petroglyphs also varies from site to site. Some of these are single and small in size while some come in clusters. An elephant carved on the stone surface is more or less a life size depiction of an animal.
The Directorate of Archaeology and Museums is working to preserve this with the initiative taken by local people. Archaeologists found the microlithic tools in the context of these petroglyphs which has given an insight into the dating of these petroglyphs. The proposed date of these petroglyphs is around 10,000 years before the present.