The Libyan Desert > Rock Art > Wadi Sora
The real "Cave of Swimmers"
In fact, at Wadi
Sora there are five rock art sites, two outside, and three inside the main valley.
At an isolated outlier 3 km to the west of the main caves, there is the Giraffe
cave discovered by P.A. Clayton in 1931, with engravings of giraffes.
On the other side of the same rock, Almásy discovered in April 1933 another
set of engravings and paintings of giraffes and possibly lions (?). (Sites A
& B in Rhoterts Lybische Felsbilder)
The two main caves
(really hollows at the base of the cliff) lie at the right entrance of the inlet,
no more than 50 m from the outer cliff face, at the base of a spur of the main
plateau. One (Cave C) is substantially larger, and contains most of the paintings
in several groups, including the famous swimmers, plus a hoard of other miniature
figures. The smaller cave, 15 m to the right (Cave
D) contains a single scene, probably more recent, of cattle, female
figures and a group of archers, in a very artistic abstract style. There is
a small watercourse in front of the main caves, which can be followed for some
distance into the cliffs, ending in a very scenic ravine. About 800 m north
from the main caves, there is a solitary rock on the valley floor, with a small
underhang. In this shelter there are a few very faded paintings and engravings
of humans and giraffes (Cave F).
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