African Rock Art
Image project

Africa’s rock art is as diverse as the continent itself. The African rock art image project team has catalogued c. 23,000 digital photographs of rock art from across Africa – originally from the Trust for African Rock Art (TARA) – through generous support from the Arcadia Fund.

Combining a wide range of research from the British Museum, TARA and colleagues in Africa, the project is cataloguing and digitally preserving African rock art, ensuring global open access well into the future.

On these pages, you can explore the images catalogued by country, and find out more through a series of themes.

Browse rock art on collections online

Follow our digital journey across Africa.
Discover 30,000 years of rock art

The African rock art image project photographs are free to use to explore, study, research, and teach.

If you would like a high resolution copy of any of the images for non-commercial purposes, please contact, Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas.

Project lead

Elizabeth Galvin (curator)

Project team

Helen Anderson
Jorge de Torres
Victoria Suzman
Jennifer Wexler


Project Partner: Trust for African Rock Art (TARA)

Explore countries

São Tomé e Príncipe Burkina Faso Libya Madagascar Ivory Coast Cameroon Botswana Kenya Sierra Leone Island Sierra Leone Mali Democratic Republic of Congo Somalia/Somaliland Guinea Bissau Ghana Uganda Mozambique Mauritania Angola Sudan South Sudan Algeria Niger Zambia Ethiopia Western Sahara Chad Guinea Nigeria Tunisia Tunisia Island Namibia South Africa Egypt Tanzania Equatorial Guinea Lesotho Burundi Djibuti Congo Rwanda Senegal Togo Gabon Malawi Morocco Liberia Central African Republic Zimbabwe Benin Eritrea Swaziland Gambia




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