Friday, May 13, 2011

Moon and Venus Carving Found in Sudan

It's a little vague, but from what I could gather, it's another "pre-writing" "Moon and Venus" rock carving - this one found in Sudan that dates to "more than" 5000 years ago.  I added the map of the Egypt/Sudan region to provide a general idea of the geography.  The Nile River is, of course, the life-line through arid Egypt (the climate turned from savannah to desert about 7,000 years ago, or about 5,000 BCE, or even earlier).

From Live Science
Article: Mysterious Ancient Rock Carvings Found Near Nile
Owen Jarus,
LiveScience Contributor
Date: 13 May 2011 Time: 11:29 AM ET

Map of Egypt, Sudan, and surrounding areas, showing Nile River and tributaries
An archaeological team in the Bayuda Desert in northern Sudan has discovered dozens of new rock art drawings, some of which were etched more than 5,000 years ago and reveal scenes that scientists can't explain.

Image from article.
The team discovered 15 new rock art sites in an arid valley known as Wadi Abu Dom, some 18 miles (29 kilometers) from the Nile River. It’s an arid valley that flows with water only during rainy periods. Many of the drawings were carved into the rock faces — no paint was used — of small stream beds known as "khors" that flow into the valley.

Some of the sites revealed just a single drawing while others have up to 30, said lead researcher Tim Karberg, of the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster in Germany.

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