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Kondoa Rock-Art Sites
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Type of site: Cultural
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Date of Inscription: 2006
Location: Africa, United Republic of Tanzania, Region Dodoma, District Kondoa
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Description: Lying on the eastern slopes of the Masai escarpment adjoining the Great Rift Valley, Kondoa Rock Art Sites are natural rock shelters, hanging sedimentary rock chunks split by rift faults; their planes have been utilized as rock paintings for over at least two millennia. From over 150 shelters covering 2,336 km2, the stunning group of images, several with high artistic worth, presents sequences that offer a unique demonstration to the area’s shifting socio-economic foundation from hunter-gatherer to agro-pastoralist societies, and the values and ideas connected with them. A number of the shelters are still deemed to have ritual associations with the people who reside nearby exhibiting their viewpoints, rituals and cosmological traditions. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
  The Kondoa rock art site is a series of caves carved into the side of a hill looking out over the steppe. The cave site is nine km. off the main highway from Kondoa to Arusha, about 20 km. north of Kondoa. The caves contain paintings, some of which are believed by the Tanzania Antiquities Department to date back 3000 years. Most, however, are believed to be only a few hundred years old. The paintings depict people, animals, and hunting scenes. Tourists are asked to report to the Antiquities Department office on the highway at the village of Kolo and ask for the cave paintings guide. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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