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Arts 2017, 6(4), 16; doi:10.3390/arts6040016

The Oval Engravings of Nabara 2 (Ennedi, Chad)

Association des Amis de l’Art Rupestre Saharien, 27100 Pavia, Italy
Academic Editor: Annetta Alexandridis
Received: 1 August 2017 / Revised: 10 September 2017 / Accepted: 20 September 2017 / Published: 29 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Collection World Rock Art)


By revisiting the Nabara 2 shelter in the southern Ennedi (Chad), some previously unreported paintings and a whole set of unexpected oval engravings were surveyed. These engravings, internally decorated with patterns of lines, some featured by a single longitudinal element or a sort of reticular structure, make Nabara 2 an unparalleled site among the hundreds known in the region. Comparison with similar motifs associated to human depictions found at the western termination of the Ennedi Highland suggests these engravings could be depictions of shields, attributable to the pastoral period. View Full-Text
Keywords: rock art; oval engraving; shield; Ennedi; Chad rock art; oval engraving; shield; Ennedi; Chad

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