Welcome To Wadi Takdhalt. Tashwinat.
Prehistoric Caves From Acacus.
Like many other ancient caves discovered in Acacus and Fezzan, this cave contains
several prehistoric paintings and images of people, animals, cattle and graffiti.
Some of the floors of these caves also hide some prehistoric artifacts, like
Mori's mummy, which he found buried in one of the caves in nearby Wan Mahugag.
The caves come in different sizes and shapes, but this one, well hidden in the
corner, is about ten meters long (10 m) and three meters high (3m). The painted
images on the entrance to the cave could have several purposes, including to
indicate ownership, as to tell passers-by that this cave is inhabited and stay
away; and also for magical protection, as this practice seems to have survived
to the present day in North Africa, where most old Berber houses and rooms have
images of hands, moons, horns and eyes painted just above the door, with red
henna or white paint, and even built with mud, as in the following photo from
Left: an old door from the Castle of Nalut (the Berber Granary);
right: an entrance to a prehistoric cave.
These figures are often referred to as "Bird-Men" or "birdmen",
from the fact that their arms resemble two wings or birds in flight. They are
very stylised and abstract human figures with the so called stick-heads and fat
short legs. The symbolism behind these images is not known.
Paintings of women in triangular forms: a triangle pointing
down for the shoulders
and another one pointing up for the lower part of the body.
An abstract and stylised drawing of a camel with some people
on its back.
Drawings of the Berber or Tuareg script of Tifinagh.
The Berber alphabet or script: red paint on rocks.