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DJARA - dripstone cave
(Abu Muhariq Plateau, Egypt)


The area of Djara was occupied during the Holocene wet phase. Surface sites show intensive activities during this time period. 14C-dates from archaeological excavations indicate occupation events about 8600-6000 BP (uncalibrated). The dripstone cave of Djara was used by the occupiers indicated by numerous depictions of game and people. The pictures were engraved and/or picked. The panels with depictions were surveyed and documented during the ACACIA expeditions in 1999 and 2000.

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Cave Entrance
Entrance of the cave
Large Hall
The large hall
Hall of the Gazelles
The hall of the gazelles
with decorated stalagmite
(panel A)
Picked Human Figure
Picked human figure from panel A
Depictions of Oryx
Depictions of oryx (?)
from panel A


R. Kuper (1996) Between the Oases and the Nile - Djara: Rohlfs' cave in the Western Desert. In: L. Krzyzaniak/K. Kroeper/M. Kobusiewicz (eds.) Interregional Contacts in the Later Prehistory of Northeastern Africa. Studies in African Archaeology 5. Poznan: 81-91.

E. Claßen, K. Kindermann, A. Pastoors and H. Riemer (2001) Djara 90/1 - Felsbildhöhle und Fundplatz eines holozänen Gunstraums der Nordost-Sahara (Ägypten). Archäologisches Korrespondenzblatt 2001.

Authors and addresses:

Karin Kindermann M.A.
Dr. Rudolph Kuper
Dr. Heiko Riemer
Heinrich-Barth-Institut e.V.
Universität zu Köln
Jennerstr. 8
D - 50823 Köln
Dr. Andreas Pastoors
Neanderthal Museum
Talstr. 300
D - 40822 Mettmann
Erich Claßen M.A.
Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte
Universität zu Köln
Weyertal 125
50923 Köln


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