Do you know about the Cave of Beasts? There is always a missing link between that primitive man and modern man, between an era in which he relied on hunting to provide food, and between an era in which he domesticated animals to raise them, between an era in which he picked wild plants and fruits, and between an era in which he relied on cultivating what he wanted, despite what we have reached. We only knew about the primitive man from his skeletal remains or some stone tools until we discovered those colorful paintings inside one of the world’s strangest caves.
Do you know about the Cave of Beasts?
The Cave of Beasts, or as some call it, the Cave of Fudgenje, or the Cave of Swimmers, It was discovered by the Hungarian explorer Laszlo Almassi in 1933. It is a huge rocky shelter in the Western Desert of Egypt, specifically in the region of the Gilf Kebir plateau near the Egyptian-Libyan-Sudanese border.The drawings inside were discovered in 2002 by three archaeologists: Massimo, Jacopo Fogini, and Ahmed Mestkawi.
More than 7,000 years ago, man, notably at the beginning of the Neolithic era, recorded his life, rituals, and the nature in which he lived by carving approximately 8,000 colorful plates on the walls of the cave of Beasts that depict the border between two eras of the era on the cave walls. The Holocene epoch, which lasted from 12000 BC to the present day.
The climate of the desert at that time was humid and rainy. In fact, at Wadi Tire and near the Cave of the Beasts, there was a large lake that they used. In 4000 BC, a climate change occurred that turned the area into a barren one, and man realized that he would leave that place in search of an area of water and plants, so scientists believe that these drawings are nothing but an attempt in which a person of that period wanted to chronicle their lives.
As for the description of the cave, which is one of the largest in the Gilf Kebir, with a width of about 17 meters, a height of about 7 meters, and containing more than 8000 figurative art in which the Egyptians recorded their prehistoric lives, well preserved and painted with red, yellow, white, and black pigments, for groups of paws and hands, human beings and mythical creatures of a human and sublime nature.
It tells of this region and how it turned into very dry, rare, and severe rains after it was a region of savannah grasses with seasonal rains. The prehistoric Egyptian depicted himself living among human tribes, professing hunting and gathering; and then later, how he mastered herding and making pottery pots, as he depicted what he saw of animals such as giraffes, ostriches, and deer, as he raised sheep and goats.
A few meters from the entrance to the cave, there is another cave entrance. It is called the Cave of Archers, and inside it were found many inscriptions and drawings that show men holding a bow in one hand and pulling arrows with the other hand, preparing to hit something. Next to them are other paintings of inscriptions that reproduce cows and cattle.
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