by Rock Art Network
29 November 2022
An article by Nick Westerby on thefirstnews.com - Mysterious rock art depicting ‘alien-like figures’ uncovered by Kraków academic - reports on recently rediscovered cave paintings of various depictions including anthropomorphic figures by a Kraków researcher in Tanzania.
The rock art was initially rediscovered in caves in the Swaga Swaga Game Reserve in 2018, but it is only recently that photos have appeared after Maciej Grzelczyk from Jagiellonian University secured funding to return to the site called Amak'hee 4 and document the art.
Grzelczyk, a researcher at the university’s Institute for the Study of Religions, explains that “Most are in good condition, mainly due to a rock overhang that protects them from flowing water and exposure to excessive sunlight. The red paintings are particularly varied: in addition to the images of animals, there are also (what appear to be) meteors or comets. This is rare not only in African archaeology. Perhaps we are dealing with images related to mythology - according to the local beliefs, baobabs played an important role in the creation of mankind."
About 50 metres from Amak'hee 4 site there is another shelter that has white paintings, known as Amak'hee 3. Grzelczyk found that this functioned as a family residence around 30 to 40 years ago, before the area was made into a game reserve. Along with the white paintings, Amak'hee 3 also contains modern drawings. The researcher will now continue documenting unpublished rock art in the region as, although the sites are known locally, they remain undocumented and unknown to the world at large. Comment