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Rock Paintings in the Libyan Desert

  • W. B. Kennedy Shaw

‘Time’, wrote Sir Thomas Browne, ‘which antiquates antiquities, and hath an art to make dust of all things, hath yet spared these minor monuments’. The Nile Valley is full of major monuments—pyramids, tombs and temples; each expedition which goes into the Libyan Desert learns that it is well-filled with minor ones and remarkable among these are paintings and gravings on rocks.

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1 Those found by Hassanein and Kemal el Din are described by Breuil in Revue Scientifique, February 1928. Others at ’Ein Dua found by Almasy are admirably published by Caporiacco and Graziosi, Le Pitture Rupestra-di Ain Doua (Florence, 1934). See also an article by the writer in ANTIQUITY, March 1934, pp. 6372.

2 Some are recorded by Newbold in ANTIQUITY, September 1928, 261-91.

3 Berliner Illustriete Zeitung, 18 February 1934.

4 L’AnthropoZogie, 1926, 36, nos. 5-6.

5 L’Anthropologie, 1934, 44, nos. 5-6.

6 op. cit., p. 16.

7 A Lucas, Ancient Egyptian Materials, ch. VI.

8 Burkitt, M.C. South Afiica’s Past in Stone and Paint, p. 114.

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