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Timeline of Human Development
First Online: September 17, 2001
Last Updated: May 09, 2017

Upper Paleolithic

Period I

Climbing a creeper: cave painting

Pre-historic Rock Shetlter Painting, Madhya Pradesh

 

Plucking fruits: pre-historic cave painting

Prehistoric Cave Illustration from Tekkalakote

 

Mesolithic

Period II

Prehistoric Cave Illustration from South India

When the Wild Boar Attacked - Rock Painting from Bhimabetaka

Neolithic

Period III Villagers Greeting a Hunter Depiction of a Hero -- Rock Shelter Painting  

Bronze Age

Period IV Warriors, Bhimbetaka Rock Painting Prehistoric Chariot

Early Medieval

Period IV Caring for the Infants Men Riding Elephant  Prehistoric Shelter Paintings

Timeline by Vikas Kamat based on an exhibit at the Tribal Museum, Bhopal 
All Pictures by K. L. Kamat

Notice how the progress of mankind is depicted through the art left behind by the prehistoric man. In the very early periods the only living was plucking and living off of the trees. Then man learnt to catch rats, and the use of the stone weapons. The bronze age art shows use of bows, arrows and other tools as well as taming of the animal world. In the later cave painting we find complex art, focus on family, as well as fierce warfare among the tribes.

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