Cave Paintings in Africa

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Cave Paintings in Africa

The purpose of the paleolithic cave paintings is not known.However some theories hold that they may have been a way of communicating with others, while other theories ascribe them a religious or ceremonial purpose.

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Cave Paintings in Africa

At uKhahlamba / Drakensberg Park, South Africa, now thought to be some 3,000 years old, the paintings by the San people who settled in the area some 8,000 years ago depict animals and humans, and are thought to represent religious beliefs.

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Cave Paintings in Africa

Human figures are much more common in the rock art of Africa than in Europe.

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Cave Paintings in Africa

Cave paintings found at the Apollo 11 cave in Namibia may be among the earliest cave art.The estimated age of the images date from approximately 23,000 - 25,000 B.CE.

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Cave Paintings in Africa

In 2002, a French archaeological team discovered the Laas Gaa'l cave paintings on the outskirts of Hargeisa in the northwestern Somaliland region of Somalia.

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Cave Paintings in Africa

Dating back around 5,000 years, the paintings depict both wild animals and decorated cows.

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Cave Paintings in Africa

They also feature herders, whom are believed to be the creators of the rock art

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Cave Paintings in Africa

Many cave paintings are found in the Tassili n' Ajjer mountains in southeast Algeria.

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Cave Paintings in Africa

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the rock art was first discovered in 1933 and has since yielded 15,000 engravings and drawings that keep a record of the various animal migrations, climatic shifts, and change in human in habitation patterns in this part of the Sahara from 6000 BCE to the early classical period.

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Cave Paintings in Africa

The Cave of Swimmers is a cave in southwest Egypt, near the border with Libya, in the mountainous Gilf Kebir region of the Sahara Desert.

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Cave Paintings in Africa

It was discovered in October 1933 by the Hungarian explorer Laszlo Almasy.

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Cave Paintings in Africa

It contains rock painting images of people swimming estimated to have been created 10,000 years ago during the time of the most recent Ice Age.

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