Rock Engravings at Ras al-Jamal, Kirissah Region (Darnah, Cyrenaica)
In: Quaderni di Archeologia della Libya: 24, 2022
This paper examines five rock engravings discovered at Ras al-Jamal, 9 km from Kirissah, along the coast between Ras al-Hilal and Darnah, and depicting wild animals: oryxes, bovines and, possibly, a small elephant. The site has also yielded stone flakes and pottery which, like the engravings, represent important testimony to human activity in the area from the prehistoric to the Classical periods. Amongst the other finds we note rock cupules, natural erosion depressions and architectonic remains. Furthermore, the Author makes some observations on the chronology of the engravings and concludes with a series of recommendations for the safeguarding and improvement of the archaeological site.
Keywords: Prehistory of Libya, rock art, Ras al-Jamal, Jabal Akhdar, lithics.