Somalia/Somaliland Rock Art Gallery

Somalia is a country located at the corner of the Horn of Africa, bordered by Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya. Somaliland self-declared independence from Somalia in 1991 although the government of Somalia has not recognised this and views it as an autonomous region. A cultural and economic crossroads between Middle East, Africa and Asia, this area has historically been the centre of trade routes that linked these regions. It also has a very rich rock art heritage which has only recently been started to be studied in depth. Most of the known depictions correspond to painted or engraved cattle scenes, often accompanied by human figures, dogs and other domestic animals, although some warriors, camels and geometric symbols (sometimes interpreted as tribal marks) are common too.