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Vandalism of rock art in Algeria

02 Mar 2018
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An article by Fayçal Métaoui on tsa-algerie.com - Elles datent de plus de 5000 ans : grave dégradation des gravures rupestres de Taghit - Dating back to more than 5000 years: serious degradation of the rock engravings of Taghit - reports on the vandalism of rock art in Algeria.

Vandalism of rock art in Algeria

Vandalism at the rock art site of Zaouia Tahtania in Algeria. Image: TSA.

Les gravures rupestres préhistoriques de Zaouia Tahtania, à 18 km au sud de Taghit, dans la région de Béchar, dans le sud-ouest algérien, ont été gravement dégradées par les touristes de passage. Ces gravures, qui datent de plus de 5000 ans, ont été souillées à la peinture ou avec une intervention directe sur la roche. Des graffitis ont été ainsi « gravés » à côté ou sur les gravures dénaturant irréversiblement des dessins qui remontent à l’âge néolithique.

The prehistoric rock carvings of Zaouia Tahtania, 18 km south of Taghit, in the region of Béchar in southwestern Algeria, have been seriously damaged by tourists. The engravings, which date back more than 5,000 years, were stained with paint as well as the rock being directly damaged. Modern graffiti has been engraved beside or on the Neolithic petroglyphs.

Vandalism at the rock art site of Zaouia Tahtania in Algeria. Image: TSA.

À la station de Zaouia Tahtania on peut voir des gravures représentant des antilopes, des chevaux, des éléphants, des gazelles, des girafes, des dromadaires, des autruches, des figures géométriques et des formes humaines, témoins d’une vie intense dans les anciens temps grâce notamment à la présence de l’eau dans la vallée de Zousfana.

 
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At the Zaouia Tahtania rock art site, there are engravings of animals such as antelopes, horses, elephants, gazelles, giraffes, camels and ostriches, as well as geometrical symbols and human forms. The depictions represent an ancient existence based on the presence of water in the Zousfana valley.

Vandalism at the rock art site of Zaouia Tahtania in Algeria.

Vandalism at the rock art site of Zaouia Tahtania in Algeria. Image: TSA.

La station est aujourd’hui livrée aux quatre vents et aux actes de vandalisme. Il n’y a ni clôture ni gardiens. Seules restent les traces de marchands occasionnels de produits d’artisanat : des barres de fer, des sachets et des bouteilles en plastique et des morceaux de bois brûlé. L’endroit n’est pas nettoyé.

The rock art site today suffers from several kinds of degradation. There are no fences or guardians. There are traces of occasional merchants in the form of litter. The site is filthy.

To read the full article:
https://www.tsa-algerie.com/elles-datent-de-plus-de-5000-ans-grave-degradation-des-gravures-rupestres-de-taghit/

Source: TARA https://africanrockart.org/

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