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Tassili n'Ajjer

Listed under Archaeological Sites in Algeria.

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'Located in a strange lunar landscape of great geological interest, this site has one of the most important groupings of prehistoric cave art in the world. More than 15,000 drawings and engravings record the climatic changes, the animal migrations and the evolution of human life on the edge of the Sahara from 6000 BC to the first centuries of the present era. The geological formations are of outstanding scenic interest, with eroded sandstones forming ‘forests of rock’.'

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Tassili N'Ajjer

Tassili N' Ajjer’s stunning cliffs and deep abysses captivate you on first sight. The area is most famous for its rock paintings which date back 8,000 years until the first century. Found in the center of the city, the high quality art depicts scenes from a life that may seem unrecognizable to the way we live today. The 15,000 engravings act as records of the changes in climate, animal migrations and the evolution of human life through the years.

Tassili National Park protects the artwork, but does offer visitors the chance to see these desert masterpieces if you are with an official guide or tour group.

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