10 thousand years ago in this territory, people of whom little is known lived. Now archaeologists managed to open the veil thanks to the cave paintings found. However, there are a number of images that cause researchers questions.
In the mid-19th century, in the Sahara, scientists began to explore stone illustrations. So, thanks to the cave paintings, the researchers were able to conclude that in prehistoric times the Sahara was not a desert.
In those days there were rivers, the animal world flourished, there was vegetation and even heavy rains fell.
Furthermore, archaeologists concluded that the civilization that once lived in the Sahara was on par with the powerful peoples of ancient China, India, Egypt. Then the desert began to move forward, evicting people from their homes. Despite the fact that the people left, the cave paintings remained. So the first drawings are at least seven thousand years old.
Above all, historians were interested in images of people. Since most of them were represented with a large non-standard head size, the work of the artists of that time was dubbed the ’round head style’. The figures of the people changed over time, but their heads remained round.
“The murals are very carefully placed, and the figures are represented in poses so strange that they make a strong impression. Seeing one of them in the first grotto, we freaked out. The figure was about three meters tall. She was holding an egg-shaped object in her raised hand, ”wrote researcher Henri Lot.
Henri Lhote, an archaeologist from France, was the first to discover incredible murals in the Sahara. He managed to find one of the largest prehistoric paintings, the height of which was 6 meters. Henri Lot named him the “Great Martian God”. The specialists who study UFOs, looking at the image, concluded that it represents an astronaut in a spacesuit. However, according to scientists, the image does not represent an astronaut, but rather a priest in characteristic ritual clothing.
The researchers also found drawings of fantastic, humanoid creatures. So, in one image, the artist portrayed a man with a helmet coming out of a disc-shaped object.
In addition, in the cave paintings you can find hybrids: a lion-headed ostrich, an antelope with the body of an elephant. Now researchers can only guess where the artists of that time were so imaginative.