The Rock-Carved Chronicle of the Stone Age
From Sahara Stone Annals to Finland and Russian Karelia
Alger Tassili: A crying cow
On January, 18th the photo exhibition The Rock-Carved Chronicle of the Stone Age: from Petroglyphs of Sahara to Petroglyphs of Karelia and Neolithic Rupestrian Drawings of Finland opened in the National Museum of the republic. Head of Karelia Alexander Khudilainen took part in the solemn exhibition opening ceremony.
The book À la Découverte des Fresques du Tassili (1958) by Henri Lhote has inspired many to go and witness first hand the rock art treasures of Sahara.
Likewise, the Finnish edition, Saharan kalliopiirrokset - 10000-vuotisen kulttuurin jäljillä (Kustannusosakeyhtiö Tammi, 1959), was the source of our inspiration to start planning a trip to Tassili n'Ajjer in early 2009.
Now, over 50 years after the publishing of Lhote's book we can present a completely new, colorful aspect of that striking imagery.
Late October 2009 the trip of five brave Finnish rock art researchers to Tassili n'Ajjer of Algeria came true.
In this expo there are photographs covering four different expeditions to Sahara during 2008-2009. Expeditions were realised in Egypt, Sudan, Alger and Libya.
In this expo petrogyphs in Scandinavia and North-West Russia can be compared with Saharan petroglyphs to discover common features manifested in the rock art. One important feature is shamanims, which tries to understand human life – who we are, where we have come from and where we are heading for. This is also very true in the present situation in this world.
Erkki Luoma-aho, a photographer and a researcher, University of Helsinki
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