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Magnificence on Cave Walls
WSJ ^ | 23 Jan 2010 | MICHAEL FITZGERALD

Posted on 01/25/2010 9:46:02 AM PST by Palter

Inanke's prehistoric paintings are a celebration of life

The trail to the great cave of Inanke in southern Zimbabwe begins confidently with arrows painted on bare patches of granite and soon vanishes into four miles of often pathless wandering through fields of shoulder-high grass, dense scrub forests and formidable thorn bushes. Without the direction of our guide, the archaeologist Paul Hubbard, our group would never have found this cave containing some of the most magnificent prehistoric paintings in the world. But reach the approximately 30-foot-long frieze of intricately varied paintings and you will find it free of the man-made barriers, tourist hype and even substitution by reproductions that prevent modern visitors from directly experiencing most of the ancient sites in Europe.

The cave is one of hundreds painted by the San people (commonly called Bushmen) about 5,000 to 10,000 years ago and located in what is now Matobo National Park, an area best-known in recent years as a successful sanctuary for white and black rhinoceros. A sign at the entrance cautions visitors that "anyone seen or suspected of poaching activities may be shot on sight," and a ramble to the caves can entail an encounter with these solitary beasts or machine-gun-toting rangers, not to mention ubiquitous packs of baboons raging at trespassers crossing their territories. The park also contains a large population of leopards.


This giraffe has been called the finest animal painting in Zimbabwe. It's just one of the many treasures found in the Inanke cave.

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TOPICS: History; Travel
KEYWORDS: africa; cave; caveart; cavedrawings; cavepaintings; godsgravesglyphs; inanke; zimbabwe

1 posted on 01/25/2010 9:46:03 AM PST by Palter
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To: SunkenCiv

San, ping. Please don’t leave a Coke bottle behind.


2 posted on 01/25/2010 9:47:26 AM PST by Palter (Kilroy was here.)
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3 posted on 01/25/2010 10:01:23 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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4 posted on 01/25/2010 10:11:28 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

5 posted on 01/25/2010 11:25:44 AM PST by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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Those cave walls *are* magnificent! I remember thinking that as I wrote my name across one of them with a can of spray paint. [stolen joke alert!]

Thanks Palter.

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6 posted on 01/25/2010 5:58:46 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Happy New Year! Freedom is Priceless.)
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To: JoeProBono

:)


7 posted on 01/25/2010 6:02:04 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: Palter

exquisite. Great sense of proportion. Excellent control of the media. Is that one structural effect that looks like a tunnel or rock made with finger tips of paint? This is really lovely


8 posted on 01/25/2010 8:06:16 PM PST by marsh2
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To: SunkenCiv

Interesting that there is no black (charcoal) as fire was discovered long before that.


9 posted on 01/26/2010 9:57:55 AM PST by Lady Jag (Double your income. Fire the government)
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To: SunkenCiv; Palter
Hey, baby. Let's go back to my cave so I can show you my etchings. They reveal my sensitive side.


10 posted on 01/26/2010 10:18:57 AM PST by colorado tanker
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To: Palter

Those paintings are breathtaking. It is hard to believe that they are that old. They are not faded and the perspective is near perfect. They should be classed as one of the Wonders of the World.

Thank you for posting and thanks to Sunken Civ for pinging.


11 posted on 01/26/2010 1:12:31 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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I guess the magnificent artists of Spain and France moved south for the summer.;-)


12 posted on 01/26/2010 9:00:20 PM PST by gleeaikin
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