Usgalimal Rock Carvings
In the Sanguem Taluka of South Goa district, tucked away in the hinterlands on the banks of Kushavati river is an amazing sight of one of the most ancient art forms created by the human race. Here lie more than a hundred petroglyphs, over a vast piece of gigantic laterite-stone ground. The many images on the rock face, along with the black river Kushavati stand witness to as much as 20,000 to 30,000 years gone by. Hidden from human eyes these rock carvings lay undiscovered till as recent as 1993, when during monsoons, a flood left them exposed. The engravings according to archeologists carries stories of a complex spiritual world of the Kushavati hunter-food gatherer shamanistic culture connecting itself to all the past and contemporary cultures with a single global rock art motif – the Labyrinth which the Swedish scholar on the subject, John Kraft, Västerås, Sweden, called India’s most ancient labyrinth petroglyph.