Paintings and Engravings categorized into
Engravings and paintings on rock surfaces
found in the Tassili Plateau in modern Algeria.
Over 30,000 sites have been discovered.
Rock art indicates that there has been human
habitation in the Sahara from 8,000 B.P.
1. Archaic/Bubalus period:
Engraving of an Elephant
Large scale animals incised
and engraved on rock surfaces.
Very naturalist representations
of large animals: elephants, buffalo, hippos, giraffes, antelopes, etc..
Many of the animals represented
are now extinct.
2. Pastoral Period: 6,000-2200
||Herdsman and Cattle
Painting depicting cattle.
3. Horse Period: 3,200-1,200
Smaller scale paintings done
with red ochre and white pigments.
Depictions of cattle with
Characterized by accuracy
Men with weapons are common.
Painting depicing humans
and animals with chariots.
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