Siberian Rock Art
African Pictograms
Galicia's Rocks




Namibia, Brandeberg - Grosse Dom Schlutch Proto-San petroglyphs Photo: James Royle, Museum of Man, San Diego, U.S.A.


Namibia, Klein Spitzkuppe
The mining activity is destroying a omplex of prehistoric paintings which are of utmost importance for the History of
Africa and of entire Humanity.
UNESCO are taking steps to halt quarrying.
Photo: Dario Seglie, CeSMAP



Namibia, Twyfelfontein
The splendid giraffe rock is dominated
by a sandstone prism.
A mysterious footprint on the right.
Photo: Daniel Seglie, CeSMAP


The exhibition is the result of the international
scientific expedition carried out during the World Rock
Art Conference in Swakopmund in August,1996
"AFRICAN PICTOGRAMS", the exhibition presented
on this bilingual catalogue is an event of considerable
importance: an overview of the archaeology and
the Rock Art of Namibia, a country in the Southern
Hemisphere which hosts the Namib, the oldest desert
in the world, and a valuable legacy of priceless and
splendidly beautiful pictograms.

Under the patronage of IFRAO, the International
Federation of Rock Art Organizations, and SARARA,
the Southern African Rock Art Research Association,
the expedition was attended by participants from
Italy, France, Switzerland, Scotland, the United
States and Argentine.

The exhibition was co-ordinated, planned and set up
by CeSMAP (Centro Studi e Museo d'Arte Preistorica
- Prehistoric Art Research Centre and Museum)
based in Pinerolo, Italy, under the supervision
of the Museum Director, prof. Dario Seglie, IFRAO
Past President and Federation Delegate at UNESCO
Headquarters in Paris.

The Italian edition of the exhibition - which will
be travelling to other countries and will be set up
in the museums and research centres that were
involved in the expedition and contributed the
photographs on display - is being hosted in one
of Pinerolo's most exclusive buildings, the medieval
"Palazzo del Senato dei Principi d'Acaja" ,the 14th
century Museum Exhibition Halls.

I would like to thank the international, national
and local Authorities, and the CeSMAP team, for
having organised this cultural event, and I am
particularly grateful to the ten scholars who -
by converging from the farthest corners of the
world to travel the deserts and veldts of Namibia -
helped to set up a fascinating and significant
exhibition that takes us to the remotest times in
Africa's history.

Namibia Adam and Eve
by reflecting the sun-s rays, the white tree-bark helps to preserve sap in an environment in which day temperatures are very high, while night temperatures can sink to 0°C (32°F)
Photo: Daniel Seglie, CeSMAP