Hyderabad: An image of paintings is viral on social media. Users claim that these are 10,000-year-old 'alien rock paintings' found in Charama caves of Chhattisgarh.
The claim is misleading.
NewsMeter performed a Google Reverse Image Search, which led us to a report by Smithsonian magazine. The report shared a similar image. According to the report, this sculpture is from Nourlangie, one of the top rock art sites in Australia. The report further stated: "These sites found in Kakadu National Park have been occupied by human settlements for more than 50,000 years."
The image was also shared on the website of Kakadu National Park. The website titled the image as Aboriginal Rock Art from Kakadu National Park, Australia.
The image was also published on the website 'Northern Territory'. In the main (Anbangbang) gallery you'll see the Creation Ancestor Namondjok, and the Creation Ancestor Namarrkon, the Lightning Man. Climb to the Kunwarddewardde Lookout, and be rewarded with sweeping views of both Kakadu's escarpment and Burrungkuy (Nourlangie Rock), reads the report.
NewsMeter performed a keyword search but could not find any recent news report stating that 'alien rock paintings' had been found in the caves of Charama, Chhattisgarh. However, we found a report published by The Times of India in 2014 and The Statesman in 2018 that stated: "10,000-year-old rock paintings depicting aliens and UFOs found in Chhattisgarh."
But, the image published in this article does not match the viral picture.
We then compared the image of Rock Art Paintings found in Australia and the viral image.
It is therefore evident that viral post is misleading. The image of rock paintings depicting aliens and UFOs found in Chhattisgarh is different from that of the viral image.