Engravings dating back to the Neolithic have been found by archaeologists in Qubbet el-Hawa near Aswan, Egypt.
The site has been researched for nearly 30 years. The find was made in 2015. The engravings were pecked into the rock with a hard point and at present are hard do decipher, but a closer analysis revealed that they show a hunter with bow, an ostrich and a dancing man wearing a mask. According to archaeologists the figure wearing the mask is not a common theme in Egyptian art. Some similar images were discovered a few years ago in the form of paintings believed to also be from the 4th millennium BC. According to the researchers the find is significant because it represents a link between the ancient Near Eastern and even southern European Neolithic period and Ancient Egyptian culture.
(after EurekAlert!, David Sabel, CBC News & University of Bonn)