The rock art of South Africa

South Africa has the richest concentration of rock art in Africa and among the finest in the world The San inhabited the Drakensberg and elsewhere in South Africa from the Stone Age until the nineteenth century. Living under sandstone overhangs or in temporary grass shelters, they left some of the finest examples of rock art in the world.
 

   

 

 

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San rock painting in the central Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal San rock art on display at the Constitutional Court San rock paintings in Bushmanskloof, Cederberg region, Western Cape San rock painting, KwaZulu-Natal
San rock art paintings at Shelter Cave, Kamberg, KwaZulu-Natal San rock painting, KwaZulu-Natal San rock painting, KwaZulu-Natal San rock paintings in the Cederberg region of the Western Cape
San rock painting, KwaZulu-Natal Game pass shelter at Bushmans Cave Museum, Giants Castle, Kamber in KwaZulu-Natal San rock paintings, KwaZulu-Natal The Coldstream Stone
San rock art at Vanderkloof in the Northern Cape The Zaamenkomst Panel from the Maclear district of the southern Drakensberg The Linton painting, a superb example of San rock art from the farm Linton in the Eastern Cape Detail of the Linton painting
Detail of the Linton painting San rock art on display at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg Later rock art by farmer communities in Limpopo San rock art from the Cederberg region of the Western Cape
San rock art at Silverstreams Farm in the Underberg region of KwaZulu-Natal San rock paintings near Maclear in the Eastern Cape Boulder engraving depicting antelopes - the European couple was added later Dancing women wearing traditional leather aprons and ostrich egg-shell knee bracelets
A band of hunters with weapons Two superimposed rheboks, the second with its head down Rock painting of giraffe, from Zimbabwe San rock painting showing a hunter with bow and arrow and his prey

 

 

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