Rock Art

Rock Art

A general summary of rock art features and characteristics which can be found in the Rooi Cederberg Karoo Park region.

Rock Paintings In The Rooi Cederberg Karoo Park

People have lived intermittently in the RooiCederbergKarooPark for at least a million years and their stone artefacts are found both in the open and in rock shelters, yet it is the rock paintings that are the most powerful visual reminder of their long association with the land. The paintings are found mostly on smooth rock surfaces in the rugged terrain of the RooiCederbergKarooPark where quartzites and sandstones have weathered in valleys and on tablelands to create shelters, overhangs and boulders. The images illustrate essentially religious experiences and beliefs important to the artists and their society. Rock paintings in the Cederberg are the work of various people who have lived there over a period of thousands of years. Made with natural pigments from ochre, white clay and charcoal or manganese oxide, and mixed with binders such as blood, fat and plant juices, they are usually painted in one colour (monochrome), or more…
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