In continuation of the long-lasting research of the University of Cologne into the cultural and environmental history of the eastern Sahara, the Wadi Sura Project was started in the beginning of 2009 as a joint archaeological mission of the University of Cologne, the Cologne University of Applied Sciences, and the German Archaeological Institute in Cairo, financed by the German Research Council (DFG).
The main objective is the study of the so-called "Cave of Beasts" (Wadi Sura II), a large rock art shelter, painted with thousands of figures, which is located at the southwestern base of the Gilf Kebir plateau close to the border of Libya.
The first primary objective of the Wadi Sura Project is the systematic documentation of the shelter and its rock paintings including their preservation status. The second focus of the project is the landscape archaeology of the Wadi Sura micro-region, which aims at integrating the rock shelter and its imagery into the archaeological context displayed in the distribution, dating, and function of prehistoric sites in the Wadi Sura area.
Work in progress
WADI_SURA_report_1_2009-1.pdf WADI_SURA_report_2_2009-2.pdf WADI_SURA_report_3_2010-1.pdf WADI_SURA_report_4_2011-1.pdf WADI_SURA_report_5_2011-2.pdf Flyer_Gilf_Kebir_National_Park.pdf Poster_IFAO_Conference_Cairo_Sept_2010.pdf Respect_the_Desert.pdf