Tracing rock art – shoot first, ask later

Regular visitors to my Egyptology News blog will know of my ongoing love affair with the Gilf Kebir area, so finding a video of the place on You Tube was a briefly happy moment – but I nearly had heart failure at the shots of somewhat tracing over an image from the Mestekawi-Foggini Cave (the image on the right is a screen grab from the video, which has since been deleted). Tracing over an image is an intensively invasive procedure which can very easily harm the underlying original. In fact, watching this video it is difficult to see how the small figure beneath was not harmed, and it should be a wake up call to anyone lucky enough to visit these remote and and unsecured rock art sites – don’t do it!
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