Rock art on the way to the Greek islands…

In the previous entry, we commemorated the important academic venue organized by the Hellenic Society for the Study of Ancient Egypt (HSSAE) that brought to the Athenian public knowledge about the history of the Kharga Oasis as testified by its numerous inscriptions and graffiti studied by the epigraphic team of the North Kharga Oasis Survey.

Among the finds of the team led by Dr. Nikolaos Lazarides of the California State University in Sacramento important place is occupied by the non-textual graffiti that have been carved and / or pecked on the sandstones of the Oasis. They mainly concern animal forms, although some humans are also depicted. Their interpretation is difficult, but the magic function, the narrative character, and the role of station markers in routes of human itineraries are the most prevalent, in our opinion, explanations of their nature. Such finds are common in most areas where rock art has been discovered (for a latest find CLICK HERE).

However, our attention today is focusing on another element often represented in rock art sites, logically absent from the Kharga Oasis context: the boats.

In fact, it is to a similarity of this subject between a find from a Greek island and a find from Sai Island that this entry will be dedicated.

Obviously, the time we spend in Greece feeds us with information on the archaeology of the land that otherwise might not have reached us that easily in Norway. One of the interesting news announcements we came across concerns the Annual Report of the Archaeological Society of Athens when traditionally many important discoveries and / or studies are being brought to public.

The one that attracted most our attention this year was the documentation of the rock art panels discovered in the prehistoric settlement of Strophila on the island of Andros.

Andros is an intriguing place for us, not only for its beauty and the vivid cultural life, but also because the local Archaeological Museum exhibits a scarab that probably belongs to the 25th Dynasty ruling over Egypt, the one consisting of the six Kushite pharaohs, namely Kashta, Piye, Shabaka, Shebitku, Taharqa, and Tantamani (for a recent important find from the 25th Dynasty, CLICK HERE).

It is number 296 of the 1991 Guide to the finds from the excavations of the geometric town of Zagora (find no. 1300).

In any case, among the rock art carvings from Andros presented this year, our attention turned to that of the boat, in the center of the above picture, since we also discerned one pecked on the single rock outcrop where we discovered such art on Sai Island.

Henriette traced it last year, and in the background of the photo one can see that the rock art panel was located in the immediate vicinity of a large trunk of a petrified tree that still lies in the northwestern part of Jebel Adu in the heart of Sai Island.

Therefore, the reference to this discovery here re-introduces the presentation of the general archaeological picture of Sai Island. More such general or special archaeological information will enrich our wordpress Medieval Sai Project in this second half of the year.

Before that, though, we will take ourselves a boat, a real one this time, and depart for some long-waited summer holidays!

Καλόν αέρα στα πανιά μας λοιπόν!

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