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 Cave of Swimmers Gilf Elkebir | Art Rock Egypt

  • 05 16, 2023

 The Cave of Swimmers

 The Cave of Swimmers is called several names “Fudjini-Mestkawi Cave” or " Monster Cave", as they call it the Wadi Surat Al-Thani Cave because it is located in Wadi Tire. It was discovered by the explorer “Laszlo Almassi” in 1933. The drawings inside the cave were discovered in 2002 by three scientists in Archaeology. It is a huge rocky shelter in the western desert of Egypt, located in the Gulf El Kabir plateau area near the Egyptian-Libyan-Sudanese border, and the cave of the monsters is a foyer in the huge exhibition hall.

At the beginning of the Neolithic era, through the engraving of about 8000 colored plates expressing the boundary between two periods of the Holocene era, which extends from 12 thousand BC until today, the desert climate at that time was humid, and there was near the cave of monsters, a lake In the year 4000 BC, a climate change occurred that turned the area into a barren area, and the man realized that he would leave that place in search of another area where water and plants are available, so scientists believe that the drawings are for you if the person wanted. He chronicles and writes all the details of his life. Once you enter the cave there is another entrance to the cave called the Archers Cave, and inside it there are many inscriptions and drawings showing men throughout the structure, holding in one hand a bow, pulling arrows with the other hand, and preparing to hit something, flanked by other paintings of cattle and cows.

Description of the cave: The largest of the caves in the Gelf Grand Valley, about 17 meters wide, about 7 meters high, contains more than 8,000 pieces of photographic art in which Egyptians record their prehistoric life, well preserved to date and painted with red and white, black and yellow pigments, for sets of hands and hands, legendary creatures, and human beings. The ancient Egyptian prehistoric itself is depicted in human tribes, pottery making, professional hunting, gathering, and later shepherding Animals such as giraffes, ostriches, and deer were raised by goats.

The cave paintings have different characters; in the northern part of the cave, they see rows of reliefs and drawings of men of different sizes, parts of which have been damaged by the passing of time. These drawings are the strangest and most legendary, depicting many men moving towards a massive headless beast and men swimming below, and more strangely, there are many deliberate deformations of monsters in prehistoric times, and inscriptions depict herds of domesticated cattle, a number of wild animals, herds of giraffes led by a human, all red, and a herd of wild deer running, colored red and white, and in the middle of the cave, there are many red palms, topped by many animal paintings.

 Four years ago, and specifically, in 2016, a research team published a recent study, from the MacDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, published by the British newspaper "Daily Mail", that was done on 13 fingerprints of small hands, and it was found that the fingerprint is not drawn, but is engraved in stone about 8,000 years ago and that these fingerprints are not for children's hands, but rather for the feet of small crocodiles, although they rule out that the fingerprints are not hands or footprints, given that the fingers are very small and long.


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The swimmers' cave is known by many names as the "Fudjini-Mestkawi cave" or the "monsters' cave", as it is called the Wadi Surat Al-Thani cave because it is located in Wadi Tire. It was discovered by the explorer "Laszlo Almassi" in 1933. The drawings inside the cave were discovered in 2002 by three archaeological scientists. It is a huge rock shelter in Egypt's western desert, located in the Gulf El Kabir plateau area, close to the Egyptian-Libyan-Sudanese border. The monster cave is a focal point of the immense exhibition hall.


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