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The Painted Horn: visiting a rock art site in Somalia

22 Jul

For those of you interested in Rock Art. Enjoy this post.

British Museum blog

Jorge de Torres, Project Cataloguer, African Rock Art Image Project, British Museum

Painted image of long-horned cow with human figure underneath, Laas Geel, Somalia (Photograph © TARA/David Coulson – image not yet catalogued) Painted image of long-horned cow with human figure underneath, Laas Geel, Somalia. (Photograph © TARA/David Coulson – image not yet catalogued)

As I look up at the rock shelter here in Somalia, several thoughts cross my mind about the beautiful pieces of rock art above me. There’s always a strange feeling when you visit for the first time a place you have been studying for a long while: a merging of expectations, recognition and, in some cases, a feeling of its being other than how one had imagined it. The first time I saw the Pyramids in Egypt, for all their greatness and despite the myriad of photos, they appeared somehow different to how I had pictured them. However, this has never been the case for me when faced with the paintings and engravings on natural rock surfaces…

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Posted by on July 22, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

3 responses to “The Painted Horn: visiting a rock art site in Somalia

  1. Stewart Gordon

    July 29, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    This rock art image recalled the Bhimbetka site in central India, which I was able to visit this year. Spectacular images of animals, such as elephants and wild boar, quite possibly the oldest extant image of people dancing. Portions of the 750-cave (yes 750) World Heritage site are 30,000 years old and possibly some portions much older. If you are interested I could post the site of my blog piece about my experience with lots of photos.

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    • ritaroberts

      July 30, 2015 at 8:47 am

      Yes please Stewart ! I would love to see those photo’s and most likely follow your blog.

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      • Stewart Gordon

        August 9, 2015 at 1:56 pm

        I’m sorry that it’s been a bit getting back to you. I had to get through the final editing of a book on slavery outside the Atlantic world, which is coming out in January. Whew, glad that’s done. My website, the pics of Bhimbetka and blog are at stewartgordonhistorian.com
        It just occurred to me that perhaps you would enjoy a book of mine which is just out entitled “A History of the World in Sixteen Shipwrecks”, much archaeological material (and a whole chapter on the Uluburun wreck). If I made some noises to the press that you might review it in your blog I’m pretty sure that they would send a copy. Interested?

        Best, Stewart

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