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Tadrart Acacus

Tadrart Acacus

The Rock-art Sites of Tadrart Acacus hold thousands of cave paintings that reflect the way of life of different Saharan civilizations.

They are located in a desert area in western Libya (part of the Sahara). It borders the Algerian World Heritage Site Tassili n'Ajjer.

The paintings date from 12,000 BC to 100 AD and reflect cultural and natural changes in the area. There are paintings and carvings of animals such as giraffes, elephants, ostriches and camels, but also of men and horses. Men are depicted in various daily life situations, for example while making music and dancing.

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Site Info

Full name: Rock-art Sites of Tadrart Acacus

Unesco ID: 287

Inscribed: 1985 In Danger

Type: Cultural

Criteria: 3  

Link: By Name By ID

Site History

  • 2016 - In Danger Simultaneously with the four other World Heritage sites of Libya "because of damage caused by the conflict affecting the country and the threat of further damage it poses".
  • 1985 - Inscribed 
  • 1984 - Deferred At request of Libya


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