Rock-Art Sites of Tadrart Acacus, UNECO, Libya 

Rock-Art Sites of Tadrart Acacus is a World Heritage Site, well known for two things: thousands of prehistoric cave paintings, dating from 12000 BC to 100 AD, and its alien-like, jagged landscape of bizarre basalt monoliths, towering granite mountains, endless wadis, and mushroom-shaped rock formations. The rock-art sites of Tadrart Acacus are found in a vast area of desert landscape around the town of Ghat in south-western Libya.

The area includes the Acacus mountain range, and borders the Tassili N’Ajjer world heritage site in neighbouring Algeria. Together with the Tassili N’Ajjer it is the premier rock-art area in the world, with hundreds of engravings and thousands of paintings. The Acacus was included on the World Heritage List only based on criterion III: an exceptional testimony to a series of civilizations which have disappeared.

Epic Libya Culture & Adventure Route © Monika Newbound

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