International Business Times: Mysterious 5,000-year history of ancient Libyan rock art revealed

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by Martha Henriques | January 20, 2017

Rock art and pottery reflect the rise and fall of cattle grazing in the Gilf Kebir region.

Archaeologists have established an "absolute chronology" of prehistoric rock art in the Gilf Kebir region for the first time, using data from rock art, carbon dating, stratigraphy and other archaeological methods.

The history of rock art in the Gilf Kebir region, which stretches across parts of Libya, Sudan and Egypt, has been the subject of much speculation until now. Archaeologists have now published a new timeline for art in the region according to three distinct phases in a paper published in the journal Antiquity.

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