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The rock paintings of the Pomongwe shelter, in Zimbabwe

The Pomongwe shelter, in the Matobo Hills of Zimbabwe, is known for its rock paintings, done in a great variety of styles, painting techniques and colors.
The iconography of these pieces, which leaves a large place to the human figure, is typical of the prehistoric art of southern Africa. An ongoing campaign of recordings, archaeological excavations and scientific analysis aims to date and characterize the different pieces. This campaign is part of MATOBART, a program which studies the rock paintings made by the hunter-gatherers of southern Africa during the Later Stone Age, in the Matobo Hills.

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