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A carving or incised drawing on rock, especially one made by prehistoric people.

pet′ro·glyph′ic adj.
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(Palaeontology) a drawing or carving on rock, esp a prehistoric one
[C19: via French from Greek petra stone + gluphē carving]
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(ˈpɛ trəˌglɪf)

a prehistoric drawing or carving on rock. Also called pet•ro•graph (-ˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf)
[1865–70; < French pétroglyphe]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.petroglyph - a carving or line drawing on rock (especially one made by prehistoric people)
carving, cutting - removing parts from hard material to create a desired pattern or shape
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The rock-carvings at Thalpan in Chilas, Baltistan, will be submerged after the construction of the Diamer-Bhasha dam on the Indus, estimated to be completed in 2023.
Their topics include the Stonehenge landscape before Stonehenge, prehistoric woodland ecology, contextualizing Kilmartin by building a narrative for developments from the Early Neolithic to the Late Bronze Age in western Scotland and beyond, the northernmost rock-carvings of the Nordic Bronze Age tradition in Norway, and directions for Bronze Age field systems.
Finally, although several of the other articles discuss inscriptions, mostly with regard to the chronological information they provide for helping to date the rock carvings that they accompany, Mohammad Nasim Khan's "Rock-carvings and Inscriptions of Helor Das" (pp.