posted on Apr, 11 2012 @ 01:49 AM
reply to post by Hanslune
I enjoyed reading that article, but it's a lot for ATSers to wade through. Here's a synopsis for the tl/dr guys.
It’s a huge plateau in between Egypt and Libya that was used for 100000 years by hunters; with 2000 years of herding ending in 2500bc. Although
it’s too harsh for people now, the centuries of hunters have left thousands of artefacts. In some areas (Gilf B), up to 2000 objects can be found
per square metre. Stone tools are numbered in their thousands and range from finely-formed arrow points to delicate-looking blades and scrapers.
The area was forgotten about until World War 1 when Allied soldiers heard about a legend of a lost oasis full of great riches. They began to explore
the wastes and built up a collection of ordinance maps that are still used today. They discovered the famous ‘Cave of Swimmers’ that was featured
in the movie, ‘The English Patient.’
Before the environment became too tough for human habitation, it was full of ostriches, giraffe, sheep and deer. Even today, it’s possible to find
old egg-shells on the plateau floor and atop the dunes.
Cave walls and rock surfaces are covered in paintings and carvings. Those in caves are often as fresh as if they were painted yesterday. An
interesting mystery has been found in trying to identify these weird-looking animals that look like lions without heads….or jumping bulls?
Maybe the artist just couldn’t get his lions right?
Picture gallery of cave art (including the critters)
As desertification took hold, rains stopped and pastures blew away into sands. By 2500BC, settlement in the area had been abandoned and, with the
exception of a few brave groups, the place has remained that way until the 20th Century exploration. NASA have been using the area as a way of
understanding how the ancient river systems and features on Mars were formed.
edit on 11-4-2012 by Kandinsky because: (no reason given)