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Almost every major cultural and linguistic group in Africa has made rock art in some place at some time. This has created a series of rock art traditions across Africa that are each distinctive in certain ways, but which also relate to one another because of long-term interactions between groups over time.

We have categorised the rock art images in this database into ‘traditions’, but in doing so we acknowledge that each tradition is not a neatly bounded entity; there is influence between traditions and often there is a degree of fuzziness at the borders between traditions.

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