Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Day 31, Twyfelfontein, Namibia

My dear friend Anita from Austria ( ) recommended a trip to Namibia's only UNESCO World Heritage Site:-Twyfelfontein or /Ui-//aes in the Kunene Region of Namibia containing 2,000 figures of rock carvings.
It has one of the largest concentrations of petroglyphs, i.e. rock engravings in Africa.

Did you know that the figures at Twyfelfontein were created over the course of two thousand years, before 1000 AD

Most of these well-preserved engravings represent rhinoceros,elephant, ostrich and giraffe, as well as drawings of human and animal footprints and 6 rock shelters with motifs of human figures in red ochre.

The objects excavated from two sections, date from the Late Stone Age. The site forms a coherent, extensive and high-quality record of ritual practices relating to hunter-gatherer communities in this part of southern Africa over at least 2,000 years, and eloquently illustrates the links between the ritual and economic practices of hunter-gatherers.

Some of the figures notably the "Lion Man" depict the transformation of humans into animals.

Archaeologists have dug objects from two parts of the site including stone artefacts, pendants and beads.

Walking here gives is like travelling in a time machine.......

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