Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Petroglyph present

By way of the refuted news that it was destroyed, I learned yesterday of an ancient petroglyph in Morocco. The 8,000-year-old carving (image above, click here for size scale) is a depiction of a divine sun and was etched by the country's indigenous Amazigh, a Berber people who lived in north Africa before Muslims arrived in the 7th c. After the Royal Institute for Amazigh Culture (IRCAM) and the Amazigh Freedoms and Rights Watchdog* both claimed that the petroglyph had been destroyed, a government official took journalists to the site in the Toukbal National Park to prove the 2 groups wrong. Even so, Ahmed Assid of IRCAM says Moroccan authorities are partly to blame for failing to protect ancient artifacts and archaeological sites: "Some 37,000 Amazigh petroglyphs like [this one] have been smuggled out of Morocco in the past 20 years."

*I couldn't find the organization's website, but here is a list of related links.
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Carving in the Cabinet:

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