Saturday, August 08, 2009

Muwela Cave Paintings

Last weekend we went with Mark and Michele Broadway to Kasama in northern Zambia and visited the rock art sites at Muwela.  According to The Magic of Zambia, "these paintings are considered by archaeologists to be among the most significant on the continent.  The paintings are thought to have been done by Stone Age hunter-gatherers . . . before 1000 AD. " 

Our guide told us that the paint was a mixture of animal blood, egg white, tree sap, and an ingredient the experts haven't yet identified.  Shown above is an ostrich and a bush pig.  

To find the paintings, our guides led us all over the rocky terrain, into caves, and through narrow rock openings. David is navigating one of the trickier passages.

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