Rock Art of Algeria


Algeria High in the mountain ranges of Tassili-n-Ajjer, Algeria, bordering on Libya we find an ancient canvas to early rock artists. Subjects ranging from large animals, handprints and human figures to spiritual beings are similar to other cave pictographs and petroglyphs found in various spots throughout the Sahara. Dating is layered (example; 2nd image), from roughly 8,000 to 2500 years old. The preservation of this rock art is currently in a high state of threat due to weather changes and 'wet rubbings' performed mainly for the tourist trade .

In the third image, note the depiction of what appears to be a chariot in mid-attack beneath a figure, either fleeing or counter-attacking. This piece of rock art constitutes the earliest known depiction of chariots in Africa and has caused a great deal of confusion in scientists looking for an explanation. Were the chariots in use by the indigenous population? And if not by the local people, then what invading army used chariots at this time? This artwork is thought to be earlier than the Hyksos invasion in Egypt, previously considered to be the first known instance of chariots in Africa.

Algeria also contains numerous neolithic Megalith rock structures.

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