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Tassili n'Ajjer

Tassili n'Ajjer



Location: Tamanrasset Province Map

Area: 72,000 kmĀ²




Description of Tassili n'Ajjer


 Tassili n'Ajjer in the language of the local Berber tribes literally means "Plateau of the Rivers". It is a mountain range in the South East Algeria. Tassili n'Ajjer plateau is spread in the Sahara desert in the Southern Algeria. Sandstone eroded under action of wind and water forming interesting and beautiful shapes. In addition to esthetics these arches, caves and canyons became a suitable place for first human hunters that began to leave Africa.
Tassili n'Ajjer is famous for prehistoric art inside numerous caves spread through the region. First rock art was discovered in 1909 and many more followed as scientist began to explore Tassili n'Ajjer plateau. Archaeologists discovered over 15,000 separate drawings and engravings in Tassili n'Ajjer that date to 6000 BC. Many depict biosphere that once existed here before the climate became much drier. Judging by the drawings these lands once were rich grasslands that extended for miles in all directions. People herded herds of cattle along now dried fields and ancient hunters once fished in rivers that now left only dry river beds. Tassili n'Ajjer ancient art became part of a UNESCO World Heritage List in 1982.











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