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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Caves of Algeria

They lived in the middle of the Sahara desert 8000 years ago. They cultivated the land, hunted wild animals, and provided for their families. They celebrated life by painting their daily activities on massive rocks that surrounded them. They left us one of the most amazing prehistoric art collections in the world. They left us Tassili n'Ajjer, the caves of Algeria.

Located in a strange lunar landscape of great geological interest, this site has one of the most important groupings of prehistoric cave art in the world. More than 15,000 drawings and engravings record the climatic changes, the animal migrations and the evolution of human life on the edge of the Sahara from 6000 BC to the first centuries of the present era. The geological formations are of outstanding scenic interest, with eroded sandstones forming ‘forests of rock’.

The drawings have many astonishing details. They did not depict the Sahara desert as it is today. Back then, it looked like a green full of animals and pools of water. There are a lot of strange-looking humans with rounded heads, shamans, dancers, and mythical-like creatures. (Photos from Fjexpeditions):

Here are more interesting photos of drawings featured in Inquiring-mines:

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