November 29, 2011

Oldest North African rock art

Antiquity Volume: 85 Number: 330 Page: 1184–1193

First evidence of Pleistocene rock art in North Africa: securing the age of the Qurta petroglyphs (Egypt) through OSL dating

Dirk Huyge et al

Long doubted, the existence of Pleistocene rock art in North Africa is here proven through the dating of petroglyph panels displaying aurochs and other animals at Qurta in the Upper Egyptian Nile Valley. The method used was optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) applied to deposits of wind-blown sediment covering the images. This gave a minimum age of ~15 000 calendar years making the rock engravings at Qurta the oldest so far found in North Africa.



  1. the most old north african Libyc inscription is from Azib n'Ikkis (upper Atlas, Morocco) 16.000BC-15.000BC

    the picture:


  2. Good for them. Another little piece of the puzzle.

  3. Maybe there's only one way, but that style looks very familiar.


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