Often we spend a large part of our lives ignoring the incomprehensible fantastic facts that surrounded us long ago. However, thanks to technology, we can learn a little more about the amazing past that was present in the world. Just like the incredible petroglyphs carved millennia ago.
For what purpose were the petroglyphs carved?
The petroglyphs, are designs that have been engraved to tell a story or an event that happened. This allowed prehistoric people to communicate or find out what had happened where they were.
The Djada Plateau
The small region left It is located in the Sahara northwest of Niger, is characterized by its rock art. In 2011, it still had at least 1,400 inhabitants, but much of it is now uninhabited.
What the ruins of Djado hide
It is estimated that in djado plateau the human presence could be found around 60,000 years ago, when it was not yet a desert. Although really this plateau still retains traces of vegetationAlthough it is located in the center of the Sahara desert.
View from the highest point of the Djado plateau. Credit: Maireymaradi / Wikimedia Commons. CC BY-SA 4.0.
Near the board exactly 828 petroglyphs have been found of the prehistoric era. The images engraved on the rock were made in the Neolithic era, and of these 828 petroglyphs, 704 are of animals. This sculpture also includes 61 human figures, and so far the meaning of 159 images has not been deciphered.
those old drawings They are believed to have been hand carved by people bear witness to the fauna that this site possessed. Among these designs are ostriches, rhinos, camels, lions, antelopes, cattle and giraffes.
The giraffes of Dabous
Credit: MRF Freund/ Wikimedia Commons
In 1987 it was found by Cristian Dupy, an astonishing petroglyph, of what is supposed to have been the Giraffes of Dabous. This carved image sits on a rocky mountain near the aerial mountains.
However, this discovery was not admitted until 10 years later exactly, when in an expedition a photo was taken of him and it was exhibited. David Coulson It was he who revealed these images to the world, which is why he is repeatedly called the discoverer.
After developing these photographs, which strongly attracted the attention of archaeologist Jean Clottes they realized the importance hidden behind these petroglyphs. Not only because of the size of the sculpture, but also because of its beauty, the quality of its presentation and the techniques used.
Techniques used to sculpt these images
Due to the beauty that characterizes this sculpture, it is believed that different techniques were used to create them. Some areas have been scraped and smoothed, in addition to giving it a deep engraving on the contours, these are about 3 cm deep. So that the shapes they wanted to capture could be well appreciated.
The way they keep all the details of the Dabous giraffes is very surprising and makes them unique. In addition to the large size that accompanies this petroglyph. Two large giraffes are found, although one of them stands forward and is taller, thought to be a male and a female.
The surprising measures of the Giraffes of Dabous
The quality, size and detail of the carvings are exceptional.
The tallest giraffe, of the two, measures 6.35 meters tall, from the beginning of its ear to the end of its hind leg.
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Thanks to the large measures that accompany the sculpture of these animals, they have been called the largest petroglyphs in the world.
What do these curious petroglyphs represent?
Although no particular meaning has really been expounded about these incredible rock drawings, there is one detail that catches everyone’s attention. Each of the giraffes has a rope which goes from his mouth to the hand of a character who keeps the characteristics of a person.
Does this mean anything about man’s dominance over animals in the past? Or rather, does it mean that giraffes have a special relationship with humans? So far, what exactly this represents is unknown, but it may go a little deeper than we know.
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