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Title:Leopard-Hunting Scenes in Dated Rock Paintings from the Northern Eastern Desert of Egypt
Authors:Hobbs, Joseph J.
Goodman, Steven M.
Periodical:Sahara: Prehistory and History of the Sahara
Geographic term:Egypt
Subjects:rock art
Architecture and the Arts
Anthropology and Archaeology
History and Exploration
Abstract:A natural limestone shelter in the South Galala Plateau of Egypt's eastern desert contains several paintings of javelin-wielding men mounted on equids and chasing leopards. Two paintings have been AMS (Accelerated Mass Spectrometer) dated to c. 5000 BP. Analysis of leopard remains from a nearby cave suggests that people were persecuting the animals at that and other times, perhaps because they preyed upon livestock or game animals. Associated with one leopard-hunting scene is an object interpreted to be a trap, possibly the box canyon in which the paintings occur. The authors suggest that the artist illustrated a hunting practice by which people mounted on equids chased their feline quarry towards this trap, where the leopards would be killed. Bibliogr., sum. in English, French and Italian.