Ancient or prehistoric drawings or paintings found on rock walls

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Altamira Cave
Atapuerca Galeria del Silex
Camino Real Cave of Ávalos - rock paintings, and many of the around ninety images depict horsemen and lassoed quadrupeds; Cave of Las Mulas de Molino This cave has an extensive group of paintings with black pigment. (AB ev)
Caves of Yagul and Mitla Cueva de la Paloma: On the walls are two rock paintings, one of two anthropomorphic figures and the second of a dove; Cueva de los Machines: This cave has many red rock paintings illustrating a face, feline designs, corn, aquatic patterns and images of hands. (AB ev)
Chief Roi Mata's Domain
Chiribiquete National Park
Chongoni Rock Art
Cueva de las Manos "paintings on the rock shelters and cave" (AB ev)
Decorated cave of Pont d'Arc the most remarkable features of the cave are pictorial drawings (AB ev)
Desembarco del Granma National Park pre-pottery making culture (ceremonial squares, dozens of archeological sites, petroglyphs, pictographs, etc.). (Nom file)
Ennedi Massif "The polychromy of the paintings and the engravings denotes refined techniques. Most of the rock walls were painted or engraved when cattle and sheep farming was practiced" (AB ev)
Gedeo Cultural landscape "Two prehistoric rock art sites are also present in the property and their images reflect pastoral communities, perhaps precursors of those who created the steles." (AB ev)
Greater Blue Mountains Wollemi
Göbekli Tepe Many of the pillars are decorated with abstract, enigmatic pictograms and carved animal reliefs. (wiki)
Kakadu National Park
Krzemionki prehistoric flint mines "Neolithic charcoal drawing", "There are forty pictograms and most of them depict irregular black signs -it is possible these are traces of torches which were rubbed against the wall after having burnt out. But it is worth noting that a few pictograms are not just random marks ... the best-known pictogram from Krzemionki is an anthropomorph" (see link)
Los Alerces National Park next to Villa Futalaufquen
Los Glaciares
Maloti-Drakensberg Park
Matobo Hills "The Matobo Hills have one of the highest concentrations of rock art in Southern Africa dating back at least 13,000 years. The paintings illustrate evolving artistic styles and also socio-religious beliefs. " (OUV)
Maymand Karaftū Cave: "One of the important attractions of the site is the pictographs (showing human, animal and plant designs)." (nom file)
Pimachiowin Aki Over a hundred pictographs have been recorded at thirty locations (AB ev)
Purnululu National Park over 200 sites of rock art in the park
Qhapaq Ñan Finca de Chañaral Site (CH-PF-34/CS-2010) - "There is a set of panels with paintings or pictographs, covering almost the entire length of the narrows (about 2km). The designs are made with red paint on the rocky outcropping that forms the narrows, on both of its sides. They measure between 2 and 20 metres high. The motifs are varied: anthropomorphism, zoomorphism, abstracts, geometrics, masks, etc. There are approximately 200 motifs, arranged jointly or isolated." (Nom File)
Quebrada de Humahuaca "pictographs in black, white and red"
Rapa Nui Cave of the Men Eatresses
Rock Art of Alta
Rock Art of the Mediterranean Basin
Rock Islands Ulong pictographs (AB ev)
Rock Paintings of the Sierra de San Francisco
Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka
Serra da Capivara "Many of the numerous rock shelters in the Serra da Capivara National Park are decorated with rock paintings, some more than 25,000 years old." (OUV)
Tadrart Acacus
Tassili n'Ajjer
Tehuacán-Cuicatlán Valley Puente Colosal in the component site of Zapotitlán-Cuicatlán is a tunnel formed by rock erosion, along which paintings have been discovered. Cueva de las Manitas in also in the Zapotitlán-Cuicatlán component (1200-1550 CE) is another rock shelter, where cave art illustrates several motifs related to humans and animals.
Twyfelfontein There are six shelters with painted images (AB ev)
Verla Groundwood and Board Mill "The role of the rapids is given further depth by the existence of prehistoric rock paintings close to the mill, no doubt intended to bring good fortune in harvesting the rich fish stocks of the rapids" (AB ev)
Vézère Valley
Writing-on-Stone / Áísínai’pi
Zuojiang Huashan Rock Art


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