5000-years-old rock art found in Egypt

Rock art dating back 5000 years was found on the ceiling of a small cavity in the Egyptian Sahara desert, between the Nile valley and the Gilf Kebir Plateau. It is believed it depicts a star in the east, a newborn between parents and two animals.

The rock art (by Marco Morelli)

 The place of the find was dubbed the Cave of the Parents. The scene is painted in reddish-brown ochre. The ancient artwork was found in 2005 but it was revealed now. The scene features a man, a woman missing the head because of a painting detachment, and a baby. According to archaeologists, the newborn is drawn slightly above, as if raising to the sky. Such position, with the baby not yet between the parents, would have meant a birth or a pregnancy. On the upper part a headless lion is depicted, a mythical beast which appears in several rock art drawings from the same area, while below in the scene a baboon or an anthropomorphic monkey can be seen. In the east, the Neolithic artist drawn what appears to be star.

(after Live Science & Marco Morelli)

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