Dating Egypt's oldest 'art': AMS 14C age determinations of rock varnishes covering petroglyphs at El-Hosh (Upper Egypt)

D. Huyge, A. Watchman, M. De Dapper, E. Marchi

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Abstract


Direct dating, using the Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) 14C method, indicates that some petroglyphs (rock art) at El-Hosh in Upper Egypt pre-date the early 7th millennium BP (mid 6th millennium cal BC), making it the oldest graphic activity recorded in the Nile Valley.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-72
Number of pages5
JournalAntiquity
Volume75
Issue number287
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2001
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Direct dating
  • Egypt
  • Petroglyphs
  • Rock art
  • Rock varnish

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