Introducing the African rock art image project

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Roof of a painted rock shelterElizabeth Galvin, curator, British Museum

This is the first of a series of posts that we – the Rock Art team – will be writing over the coming 4 years. Through generous support from the Arcadia Fund, the British Museum has been able to work with the Trust for African Rock Art (TARA) in Nairobi to document and disseminate 25,000 images of African rock art. We will be spending the next four years cataloguing and integrating these images into the Museum’s collection online database so people throughout the world can explore and learn more about African rock art. This week, we launch the project with the first images visible online – specifically rock art images from Egypt.

Roof of a painted rock shelter with various animals and human figures. Karkur Talh, Egypt. 2013,2034.6 Roof of a painted rock shelter with various animals and human figures. Karkur Talh, Egypt. 2013,2034.6 David Coulson/TARA

The TARA team has spent the last three decades photographing and documenting rock art from…

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