Western Desert Oases Sights

Ancient Rock Inscriptions

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Published 02/23/2016

Fodor's Review

A collection of inscriptions on a sandstone outcrop just off the highway near Teneida, some 45 km (28 mi) east of Mut, attests to Dakhla's earliest inhabitants and its position on the ancient caravan routes. The carvings include naïve depictions of giraffes, fish, camels, antelopes, and hunters. There are also Arabic inscriptions, as well as graffiti carved by passing Bedouins and early European explorers. Although prehistoric rock art is common in North Africa, this is one of the most accessible sites for viewing. To preserve the inscriptions, do not add to them or take rubbings.

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Dakhla, New Valley, Egypt

Published 02/23/2016

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