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Predynastic rock art discovered south of Aswan


During an archaeological survey in the desert of the Subeira Valley, south of Aswan, an Egyptian archaeological mission from the Ministry of Antiquities stumbled upon Predynastic rock engravings.

Predynastic rock art discovered south of Aswan
The newly discovered rock art [Credit: Ministry of Antiquities]
Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, explained that the engravings can be dated to the late Predynastic era, and were found carved on sandstone rocks. They depict scenes of wild animals, such as hippopotamuses, wild bulls and donkeys, as well as gazelles. Engravings showing workshops for the production of tools and instruments were also found on some of the rocks.

Nasr Salama, director general of Aswan and Nubia Antiquities, described the newly discovered rock art as "unique and rare" in Egypt. He pointed out that similar markings were previously uncovered at sites in Al-Qarta and Abu Tanqoura, north of Komombo town.

Predynastic rock art discovered south of Aswan
The newly discovered rock art [Credit: Ministry of Antiquities]
"These engravings helped archaeologists to determine the exact dating of the newly discovered ones in the Subeira Valley," Salama asserted. He added that 10 new sites with rock art have been identified, all of which are around 15000 year-old.

Adel Kelani described the discovery as important because it dates to the same period as those found in caves in South France, Spain and Italy, and which confirms the idea of the "transfusion of art and civilization from Africa to Europe."

Author: Nevine El-Aref | Source: Ahram Online [October 03, 2017]
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