Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory


15 April 2012

Protecting Palaeolithic rock art in Egypt

Past Horizons, 11-04-2012

In 2007, a team led by Adel Kelany of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) discovered a stunning assemblage of petroglyphs near Wadi Abu Subeira, dating to the Late Palaeolithic era (c. 15-20,000 years ago), representing one of the most spectacular rock-art discoveries in Egypt to be made in recent years. Since then, ongoing surveys in Wadi Abu Subeira near Aswan have shown that the initial find was only the tip of the iceberg revealing itself to be one of the richest “Ice-Age” art locations in North Africa. However, modern mining in the wadi is increasingly threatening the survival of the Subeira rock-art and without intervention along with suitable protection it could be on the verge of destruction.

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