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1 July 2007
More ancient rock etchings found in Algeria

More Neolithic rock etchings have been in the Algerian desert, dating back from around 8,000 years ago and showing cattle herds. Local tour guide Hadj Brahim found about 40 images near the town of Bechar, about 800 km southwest of the capital Algiers.
     Prehistoric paintings are found in many parts of the Sahara, often portraying a garden-like environment of hunting and dancing in bright greens, yellows and reds at a time before desertification, which happened around 4,000 years ago. Algeria's best known drawings are in the southeast in the Tassili N'Ajjer mountains. The site of 15,000 images has been named world's finest prehistoric open-air art museum by UNESCO.

Source: Reuters (18 June 2007)

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