Articles about Prehistoric Africa

Discovering Southern African Rock Art

                                                      New discoveries Southern Africa is sometimes referred to as one of the richest ‘storehouses’ of prehistoric mural art in the world. For many decades the rock art of France and Spain

Kamberg Rock Art Centre and Game Pass Shelter

 The Game Pass Shelter is commonly referred to as the “Rosetta Stone” of southern African rock art, for it was here that archaeologists first uncovered a vital key to understanding the symbolism

Bushman and San Paintings in the Drakensberg – South Africa

The bushman or San paintings are one of the Drakensberg’s and South Africa’s greatest cultural treasures. Some 20 000 individual rock paintings have been recorded at 500 different cave and overhang sites

Rock Art Centre Sheds Light on San Art

6 June 2002KwaZulu-Natal’s new Kamberg Rock Art Centre, now open to the public, will help visitors understand and interpret the more than 40 000 San Bushman images to be found in the

Kamberg Nature Reserve

The Bushman rock art of South Africa is world-renowned.  There are approximately 15 000 rock art sites in the sub-region making South Africa one of the largest outdoor art galleries in the

uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park

uKHAHLAMBA DRAKENSBERG PARK – KAMBERG ROCK ART CENTRE “No more do we bushmen hunt in these hills. The fire is cold. Our songs are quiet. But listen carefully. You will hear us

San Beliefs and Southern African Rock Art

All too often, articles on southern African rock art imply that little is known about the San (more famously known as Bushmen), hunter-gatherers who populated the whole of southern Africa for many

Discovering Southern African Rock Art

Jamie Hampson MA (Oxon) Eight years ago, two South African archaeology students were walking in the breathtaking Drakensberg Mountains. Above them loomed towering basalt cliffs reaching to 7000 feet. As the sun

Rock Painting Namibia

                         Rock paintings in Brandberg “Burnt Mountain” (picture Leonardo Gribaudo) The Brandberg massif is a large granite elevation (30 km long and 25 km wide) in the north west of Namib Desert,

10,000 Years Ago in West Africa

  The Tassili N’Ajjer rock carvings and wall paintings in modern Algeria show a picture of a world in the Sahara that we would not recognize. Instead of vast gravel plains and

A Tale of 3 Caves

Exquisite Bushman rock art adorns the caves of the Natal Drakensberg. The fascinating story behind the ‘images of power’ found in three spectacular shelters in the Giant’s Castle area is revealed. Before

Saharan Prehistory & Rock Art

Prehistory The Sahara desert has formed several millions of years ago, as the northern part of the African continent drifted into the ‘desert belt’ around the tropic of Capricorn. While desert conditions

African Art Video Clips

African Rock Art engravings & carvings in the Sahara Africa   TASSILI (Algeria)    

10,000 Years Ago in West Africa

The Tassili N’Ajjer rock carvings and wall paintings in modern Algeria show a picture of a world in the Sahara that we would not recognize. Instead of vast gravel plains and lakes

Art Prehistory

Stony Brook, NY (1/10/02)- The discovery of paleolithic art in a cave in South Africa is causing researchers to consider an older and less Euro-centric view of the origins of what is

In African Cave, Signs of an Ancient Paint Factory

Digging deeper in a South African cave that had already yielded surprises from the Middle Stone Age, archaeologists have uncovered a 100,000-year-old workshop holding the tools and ingredients with which early modern

Charting Major Events in Africa’s History Across Millenia

5-3 Million BC First hominids walk East and Southern Africa, known as Australopithecines or “Ape-Men” 3-1.5 Million BC Early Stone Age and the emergence of Homo habilis “the toolmaker”, using flaked stone