Ancient petroglyphs discovered in Sinai cave

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An ancient cave featuring a unique and diverse collection of engravings depicting scenes of animals has been discovered at Wadi Al-Zulma in ​​North Sinai. 
Ancient petroglyphs discovered in Sinai cave
Credit: Rock Inscriptions Documentation Project 2020




“The newly discovered cave is the first of its kind to be discovered in the area,” said Aymen Ashmawi, head of the ancient Egyptian antiquities sector at the Ministry of Antiquities.

Ashmawi explained that the scenes carved inside the cave are completely different from those found in South Sinai, having a special artistic style that resembles raised relief in execution.
Ancient petroglyphs discovered in Sinai cave
Ancient petroglyphs discovered in Sinai cave
Ancient petroglyphs discovered in Sinai cave
Ancient petroglyphs discovered in Sinai cave
Credit: Rock Inscriptions Documentation Project 2020




Ancient petroglyphs discovered in Sinai cave
Ancient petroglyphs discovered in Sinai cave
Ancient petroglyphs discovered in Sinai cave
Credit: Rock Inscriptions Documentation Project 2020

Studies are underway to determine their date.

Hisham Hussein, head of the discovery mission, said that most of the discovered scenes are carved along the cave’s inner walls and depict animals, including camels, deer, mules, mountain goats and donkeys.
The remains of circular stone buildings have been discovered around 200 metres southwest of the cave. These likely constitute the remains of an ancient settlement. 

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