- Museum number
Digital photograph (colour); view of painted rock art on rock surface, showing fishbone-style pattern in red, horizontal. A 10cm scale has been fitted at the top of the image. Hodh El Gharbi, Mauritania.
- Production date
April 2004 (original photograph)
21 March 2009 (date digitized)
File size: 119 megabytes
Resolution: 300 dots per inch
- Curator's comments
- Site known as 'Grotte des Ecritures' and was first investigated in April 2004 by a team from the Trust for African Rock Art.
Grotte des Ecritures is a windblown tunnel in a rock formation situated within the Hodh depression, encircled to the north by the vast chain of sandstone escarpments forming the Dhars Tagant-Tichitt-Walata-Néma chain. Rock art research in the Tichitt area was pioneered by French researchers in the mid-20th century with the most significant contributions to study made by Theodor Monod and Raymond Mauny, with more recent syntheses produced by Robert Vernet. Many rock art sites specific to the Tichitt-Walata region have been published in relation to archaeological work there on Neolithic settlements, but academic research on rock art in this area of Mauritania south of that region has not been extensive.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Previous owner/ex-collection number: MAUAIO0060007 (TARA number)