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Articles under preparation:  

> Altamira Cave

> Stonehenge

> horse images compared 


Cave Paintings

Lascaux   

A cave in France filled with amazing rock paintings and engravings. The most interesting pre-historic painted cave in Europe  

Chauvet     published 09/2015    updated 09/2016

These are the most fascinating cave paintings I have seen. With a high level of artistic skill the created animal scenes look so natural but nevertheless so dynamic and powerful in their movement. UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

European Rock Art Engravings

Val Camonica I    published 10/2016     

Situated on the south side of the Italian Alpes this is the largest rock art site in Europe with over 400,000 amazing engravings of animals, many human images and unique structures

Val Camonica II     published 10/2016     

Focus on Capo di Ponte area with Nasquane and Seradina-Bedolina parks and house like structures and fighting warrior scenes or "heroe" images explained

Vallee des Merveilles      published 09/2015

This unique alpine rock art at an altitude of 2,500 meters is possibly the highest worldwide. The reddisch oxidized rock surfaces used for engravings make it a special ceremonial site

Coa Valley     published 10/2014

Amazing paleolithic rock art in northern Portugal. Coa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

African Rock Art Engravings

Bushman Rock Art     published 10/2016     

Southern Africa belongs to the top three rock art areas worldwide and bushman started it

 

Asian Rock Art Engravings

Iranian Rock Art    new!   published 07/2017

Interesting and little known rock art in the Khomein area. Ibex are dominating here and are compared with very similar engravings in other countries 

Cholpon-Ata     published 11/2016

Kyrgyzstan has only few rock art sites, this is an interesting Bronze Age site with over 2,000 images

Tamgaly          published 11/2016

This is one of the most important rock art sites in Kazakhstan and a UNESCO site since 2004

Chuluut River     published 11/2015    updated 11/2016

This rare Mongolian rock art site was first reported in 1977 but after that little has been published on this site. See what we have 

 

Arabian Rock Art Engravings

Introduction

Good introduction and overview of rock art in the Saudi Arabian desert with over 4,000 sites

Human Depictions

Interesting analysis of unique and life size human figures in Saudi Arabian rock art

Camel Depictions

Summary and analysis of camel depictions in desert rock art

Bir Hima

Multiple rock art sites in the southern Saudi desert including so-called "Post Office Rock"

Jubbah

The most intriguing and oldest rock art site in Saudi Arabia with over 4,000 panels full of human and animal depictions about 10,000 years old. Human figures are "life size" and include rare dancing groups with up to twenty dancers with or without masks and multiple body decorations 

Janin Cave

A rare cave with the oldest hand stencils on the Arabian Peninsula assumed 10,000 years old

Yatib

Rare palm tree engravings with camels, lions or hyenas. Small site but with over 1,000 motifs 

Wadi Adu Ud

Panels are covered with over 4,000 animal motifs, which is typical for this unique rock art site

First Arab Scripts

Arab scripts found engraved on rocks all over the Arabian Peninsula analysed including: Aramaic, Dedanic, Hagaric, Hismaic, Lihyanite, Minaic, Musnad, Nabataean, Sabaic, Safaitic, Taymaic, Thamudic and Wusums 

 

Pre-Historic Cultures

German Aurignac Culture     published 10/2015    updated 07/2017

When Homo Sapiens moved into Europe around 40,000 BP he started an artistic revolution and produced the world's first human & animal figures plus musical intruments 

The Move "out of Africa"

First Human Emmigration of homo habilis out of Africa and what happened in the Near East 

Natuf Culture

"Neolithic Revolution" around 15,000 years ago. Where it all started, the move from hunter & gatherers to farmers, including first fauna & flora domestication and first settlements

Al Magar Civilisation 

Surprise discovery in Saudi Arabia in 2008, domestication of horses happened here 4,500 years earlier than previously thought, that means already 9,000 years ago during the Stone Age

First Neolithic Settlement

Examples of neolithic settlements in the Near East

 

Megalithic Structures 

Our Megalithic Past     published 10/2014

Astonishing pre-historic monolith stone circles around Evora in Portugal are possibly the oldest and largest in Europe 

Rajajeel

50 groups of 4 meter high megalithic stone monuments in Saudi Arabia 6,000 years old and therefore 3,000 years before Stonehenge 

Cairns, Tumuli & Tombs

Summary of ancient buriel rituals and structures in the Near East starting 9,000 years ago

Kites - Ancient Hunting Traps        updated 11/2016

Pre-historic huge stone built hunting traps & herding structures in the Saudi & Jordan desert

 

Pre-historic Weapons & Stone Tools

Paleolithic Spears     published 11/2013   updated 09/2016 

Sensational Discovery at Schöningen, 300,000 year old wooden hunting spears of our predecessor homo heidelbergensis give proof that ancient men was far more sophisticated than previously assumed, our history books need to be re-written now!

Latest Update : recently a two meter long forest elephant tusk was found, as well as bones of a sable teeth lion = first proof of his existance in the area! 

The Ice Man    published 10/2015   updated 01/16

A sensational find of a 5,300 year old mummified body high up in the Alps in 1991 still surprises us with new results from ongoing research after 25 years