Hyderabad: During a research on the history of Kothakota in Vanaparthy district, Hyderabad-based historian Dyavanapalli Satyanarayana said he has discovered a group of new megalithic rock bruisings on a boulder located adjacent to a local cemetery on the way to Shankara Samudram tank.
According to Satyanarayana, the prehistoric rock bruisings belong to the Age of Megalithic cultures which survived some 2,000 to 3,500 years ago.
“There are three tridents in the group of the rock bruisings engraved on the northern face of the boulder. Each of the trident figures contain three tridents emerging out of a round circle with the tail leading downwards. In other words, each trident looks like a ‘Trishul’ of Lord Shiva with the exception of an addition of a circle between the tridents and their shaft,” Satyanarayana said.
The historian said that they belong to the early Megalithic period, because the tridents were not chiseled with a metal weapon but with a stone pebble smoothening the rock surface in the shape of the tridents. Metal weapons started coming into existence from Neolithic times onwards and iron weapons came into being during the Megalithic Age.
“Since metal weapons were not used in the instant case, it can be safely said that the trident figurines were created during the transition period of Stone Age and Metal Age,” he said, adding that the people of the Megalithic Age would invoke the trident as their deity who showers boons of safety, health and crops. He requested the government to protect the site immediately since it is already threatened by granite carving.