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Introduction to African Rock Art
African Rock Art is amongst the world's oldest surviving art, predating writing by tens of thousands of years. Today, it helps us understand how our ancestors thought, saw and portrayed their world. Some rock paintings and engravings are themselves magnificent art, comparable to some of the finest works found in the World's art galleries. African rock art is not just an African heritage, but a World heritage.
Africa has the greatest variety and some of the oldest rock art on earth. About 30 countries in Africa have rock art with a total of between 10 and 20 million images. Major concentrations occur in the Sahara and Southern Africa.