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In Hampi, the heritage sites are spread over an estimated area of 265 square kilometers. Under such circumstances, it is extremely difficult for the government to document and protect the entire area. The terrain also makes many of these monuments difficult to reach and so they remain undiscovered. However, researchers depend on new discoveries to get a better understanding of the history and heritage associated with the region.
Take the recent example of some ancient cave inscriptions found along with Harappan era pictographs in the area. The inscriptions have been identified as a dialect of the Gondi script. This is a significant discovery that points to a possible connection between the Gond tribes and the ancient Harrappan civilization. Such revelations are possible only when ancient and historic sites are discovered and documented that assists future research.
Over the years, our team at Explore Hampi have found several undocumented cave paintings, bass relief sculptures and structural sites on our expeditions. We have begun to document these by taking photographs and marking their GPS locations. Once we have a substantial amount of data, we intend to hand it over to appropriate authorities to pursue. This way we play an important role in the conservation and understanding of Heritage in this region.
We will use this blog to occasionally share some of these findings with you. However, to avoid vandalism and looting of the sites, we will keep the exact location from the public. Any researchers interested in visiting the sites can contact us directly.
Today we are sharing pictures of a site we found near Anegundi Village which appears to be a cave dwelling from the Vijayanagara period. It has approximately 800 Sq.Ft of floor space. The dwelling possibly extended outside the cave as we found remnants of an old mud wall extending from the edge of the cave. The foundation of this wall was on granite blocks. Inside the walls of the cave, we found standalone sculptures as well as bass-relief on boulders. The sculpting depicted a Vijayanagara era warrior or royalty on a horse with swords.