Finding connections between Utah and Algeria
There are many mysteries in this world, Mother Earth often surprises us with unusual discoveries. Her Enigmas have always fascinated me and I would like to tell you about something which I discovered some years ago. The more you think about it the more it makes you question have we been alone here? Have we been visited by unknown species? I personally think we have. Worldwide there is a lot of proof that this has happened throughout the ages.
Rock drawings in America
I have a dear friend who lives in the US. His name is Sid. He tries to make 1 big trip a year to places he has not seen yet and, like that, has now visited nearly all the states in his country. Some years ago he went to Utah and sent me photos of the places he had seen.
One of them was special, it showed ancient rock drawings which depicted different types of animals and also strange looking beings. He said these Indian pictographs were thought to be some 9000 years old.
Interesting YouTube video on rock drawings in America.
Well known writer and journalist J.J. Benitez
One of my favorite Spanish writers is a journalist, his name is J.J.Benitez. He has traveled all over the world now for already many years and has written more than 50 books of which I have some 25. He has written a set of books called “Planeta Encantada” enchanted planet which was edited by Planeta.
On seeing this photo of my friend Sid I immediately went to my bookshelves and picked up one of the books by Benitez. There is a place in the south/east of Algeria called Tassili N’Ajjer with similar drawings as in Utah. In Sefar, which is in that area, is a drawing of an unusual being quite a look-alike to the one in Utah. There seem to be between 30,000 to 50,000 drawings from different times. In 1982 it was declared Unesco World Heritage Site and since 1986 it is a biosphere reserve.
Visually, this is a wonderful book. The work of 25 years to connect all threads. 5000 years of Native American rock painting.
The Italian professor, Fabrizio Mori, one of the big experts on drawings in the Sahara, started his studies in 1955 and established the following chronology:
- Animals from the Savannah around 12,000 BC
- Paintings from the “Roundheads”, 8,000 BC
- Policromated paintings from cows and human figures Mediterranean style, 4,000 BC
- Carriages and horses 1,500 BC
Tassili N’Ajjer in Algeria
Translated into English it means Plateau of the Rivers. This name refers to far-away times when the climate was a lot wetter than nowadays.
It is a huge area of 72,000 km2 ( 28.000 sq mi ) formed of heavily eroded sandstone. It is situated in the Sahara and this fast plateau encompasses southeastern Algeria, northern Niger, and also western Libya. Over time, this sandstone has eroded and one can find hundreds of rock arches, pillars, deep cliffs, and gorges.
Here you will find prehistoric rock art which was first reported in 1910.
Up till now, some 15,000 engravings have been identified. You will find large wild animals like crocodiles and antelopes and also human figures hunting or dancing. The mouflons still live there and are the only surviving type of big mammals that are depicted in the rock paintings. The oldest pieces are thought to be 12,000 years old, but the opinion of the experts differ on this.
This YouTube will take you on an interesting tour admiring the rock drawings in Algeria.
Messages from a faraway time
In a later post, I tell about a personal experience I had when visiting the U.S. in 2016. I went to Dinosaur National Monument and saw some ancient rock drawings there. Our world is full of intriguing things and one lifetime is far too short to see it all. Many unusual things have happened throughout human history and are likely to continue. Looking at the rock drawings, you see the proof of this.
I love to travel and do hope I will be able to visit Algeria one day and see these stunning rock drawings with my own eyes. The mystery of these drawings and ancient drawings in other countries makes me wonder how much we do not know about our history.
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Photo Source: Sid
Perhaps you like to read my post on the holiday in the U.S. where I saw rock drawings. There is of course a difference, seeing something on a video or standing in front of a rock looking at the drawings. It is quite an experience you will not forget.