The World's Largest Rock Art Petroglyph

Dabous Giraffe Introduction
The Giraffe Art Motif
Logistics of the Preservation Project
Dabous Giraffe Rock Art Petroglyphs Archaeology Africa Sahara Niger
The two life-size giraffe petroglyphs, known as the Dabous giraffe, are the largest known animal carvings in the world. But despite their remote location in the Sahara, the prehistoric rock art was in jeopardy.
Giraffe Giraffes Sahara Desert Niger Africa African
Why were giraffe chosen by a Palaeolithic culture up to 8,000 years ago to adorn the crown of this remote outcrop? An analysis of the art, symbolism and meaning behind the Dabous petroglyphs of the Sahara.
Africa Petroglyphs Rock Art Preservation Sahara Giraffe
The Dabous petroglyphs preservation project, based in the Sahara, involved intricate coordination between many organisations, including the government of Niger, UNESCO, National Geographic & TARA.
World Monuments Watch
Ténéré Desert Gallery
Dabous Archaeological Survey
Africa African Heritage Archaeology World Monuments Watch
In 2000 the Dabous petroglyphs of the Sahara were declared one of the the hundred most endangered sites by the World Monuments Watch: 'Giraffe Rock Art Site, Niger. 6th Millenium B.C. Site No. 61'.
Africa African Culture Heritage Sahara Desert Archaeology
The Ténéré Desert is the locus of the prehistoric Tenerian culture; evidence of prehistoric culture in the form of rock art and archaeological artefacts is abundant, alongside the history & culture of the Tuareg custodians.
Archaeology Archaeological Research Studies Africa African Sahara
Dr Jean Clottes & his team return to Dabous to complete the archaeological survey, recording the full extent of the ‘Bovidian period’ engravings of humans & animals and their distribution over the sandstone outcrop.
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