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Sep2019
Rock Art of Africa

#259 Rock Art of Africa

Rock art is found in almost every state in America and almost every country throughout the world, but the Southwest United States, Australia, and Africa are particularly rich in sites. In Nambia, I was told that a nearby mountain had 20,000 panels, most of them not recorded or photographed.

Wadi Methkandoush, LIbya, Sahara Desert photographed by Tom Till

The easiest countries in Africa to see and photograph rock art are South Africa, Namibia, and Kenya.

San Rock art Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa photographed by Tom Till

San rock art Matjiesriver Nature Reserve, South Africa photographed by Tom Till

petroglyphs, Twyfelfontein Mountains, Namibia photographed by Tom Till

The Sahara is a huge treasure trove, but most of the best places are now difficult to visit. Hopefully things will change, and visiting Algeria, Libya, Chad, and Mali will once again be safe.

pictographs in the Jebel Acacus, LIbya, Sahara Desert  photographed by Tom Till

Jebel Acacus, LIbya, Mountains in Sahara photographed by Tom Till

Wadi Methkandoush, LIbya, Sahara Desert photographed by Tom Till

The best book ever done on African rock art is African Rock Art by Alec Cambell which is on sale on Amazon for an amazing $25.

Giraffe petroglyphs, Jebel Acacus, LIbya, Africa, Sahara photographed by Tom Till

 

Where will Tom head next? Check back next Friday to find out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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