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Wadi Kessi


A rock shelter located on the right bank of the Wadi Kessi, a left tributary of the Wadi Teshuinat, not far from a guelta. The site was discovered by F. Mori and its paintings were reproduced together with those from the small Kessi Cave (Site ID 556) located less than 1.5 kilometer to the south. The back wall was highly damaged by erosion and anthropogenic actions associated with the reproduction processes (wetting and tracing with graphite). The red and white paintings are attributable to the final phases of the Pastoral, the Horse/Bitriangular, and Camel styles. The paintings appear on three areas with several indistinct overlapping layers. The represented subjects seem to refer to herding and hunting activities and possibly fighting. White and red humans are the most represented subjects. The zoomorphic motifs include a herd of domestic cattle in the center of the wall and wild animals (including a white giraffe) at the left end side; two small red and white antelopes are barely visible on the wall’s right side.