Giraffe Rock Carving - Dabous, Niger, Africa
The 8,000 year-old giraffe rock carving at Dabous, Niger in Africa is considered one of the finest in the world.
The giraffe has a leash on its nose implying some level of taming the animals. It was found just ten years
ago on the top of a granite hill by local Touaregs and dates to the Kiffian times (7000-9500 years ago).
The two giraffe, one large male in front of a smaller female, were engraved side by side on the
sandstone’s weathered surface. The larger of the two is over 18 feet tall, combining several
techniques including scraping, smoothing and deep engraving of the outlines. However, signs of
deterioration were clearly evident. Despite their remoteness, the site was beginning to receive
more and more attention, as these exceptional carvings were beginning to suffer the consequences
of both voluntary and involuntary human degradation.
Mike Hettwer photographed the image above. He has photographed dinosaur
and archaeology expeditions to the Sahara and Gobi Deserts. His photos have appeared in over 2,500 magazines,
newspapers, books and web sites including National Geographic Magazine and The New York Times.
The Bradshaw Foundation -
its primary objective is to discover, document and preserve ancient rock art around the world.
The Dabous Giraffes are a neolithic petroglyphs, completed sometime between
9000 BC and 5000 BC. The giraffe carvings were first documented by David Coulson in 1997 while
on a photographic expedition at a site in Niger, Africa. The carving is 20 feet in height and consists
of two giraffes carved into the Dabous Rock with a great amount of detail.
Boyne Valley Private Day Tours
Pick up and return to your accommodation or cruise ship. Suggested day tour:
Newgrange World Heritage site, 10th century High Crosses at Monasterboice,
Hill of Tara the seat of the High Kings of Ireland, Bective Abbey and Trim Castle the largest Norman castle in Ireland