Rock art preservation

Rock art preservation

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Credit: PETER CHADWICK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Rock art preservation. Women preparing rock art for graffiti removal. The tape marks an example of San rock art. The San people (also known as Bushmen) who painted these pictographs once inhabited all of southern Africa. They were displaced by the Bantu people into the deserts and high mountain country. European settlers, arriving in the interior from the coast of southern Africa, drove the mountain San to extinction by the start of the twentieth century. Thousands of examples of rock art date from the last 800 years. The locations of such sites are often kept secret for fear of vandalism. Photographed in Cobham Nature Reserve, Natal Drakensberg Park, South Africa.

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