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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2013,2034.13451

  • Description

    Digital photograph (colour); view of engraved rock art, taken at sunset, showing six pecked c-scrolls with spiral ends on rock on ground. Namoratung’a, Kenya.
    Born digital

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  • Date

    • 07 March 2009
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  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • File size: 6.78 megabytes
    • Resolution: 300 dots per inch
  • Curator's comments

    The archaeological sites at Namoratung’a consist of engraved rock art on stones and upright slabs surrounding graves, and covers three separate sites near Lokori to the South-West of the West shore of Lake Turkana in Northern Kenya. The two southern sites were first investigated and published by archaeologist Robert Soper in the late 1960s, and by Mark Lynch and Larry Robbins in the 1970s. At the centre of one of the southern sites are 167 burials surrounded by circles of massive upright stones, often engraved with over 170 different motifs. Excavations revealed single internments of all ages and both sexes, with Radiocarbon dates from between the mi- first century BC and the mid-first millennium AD. A smaller similar site lies about 1 km North. 170km north of these, near Kalokol by the shore of the lake, is the third site, first investigated by Lynch and Robbins. The site has a number of basalt pillars, the alignment of which has been proposed to be archaeoastronomical. The similarities of the geometric motifs on the rocks at the Namoratung’a sites and family lineage markers used as cattle brands among local Turkana people has also been debated.

    The Turkana Basin covers about 131,000km² in Northern Kenya and southern Ethiopia and forms part of the Eastern (Gregory) Rift Valley. At its centre is the long Lake Turkana (formerly Lake Rudolf) and the area is renowned in Palaeontology due to the richness of early hominid finds there.

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  • Location

    Not on display

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2013

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    2013,2034.13451

  • Additional IDs

    • KENLOK0030053 (TARA number)
Digital photograph (colour); view of engraved rock art at sunset, taken from angle, showing six pecked c-scrolls with spiral ends on rock on ground, with landscape in background showing inselberg.  Namoratung’a, Turkana County, Kenya. Born digital

Digital photograph (colour); view of engraved rock art at sunset, taken from angle, showing six pecked c-scrolls with spiral ends on rock on ground, with landscape in background showing inselberg. Namoratung’a, Turkana County, Kenya. Born digital

Reproduced by permission of the artist. © The Trustees of the British Museum

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