Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Karkur Talh: The Hunt

Early Rock Art Engraving at Karkur Talh
The Hunt
Courtesy Fliegel Jezerniczky Expeditions (Link)

On the left of the above picture, two "horned" human figures are shown, along with a hunter holding a spear and another kind of weapon, possibly a net or lasso.  A figure in the foreground appears to have their arms raised.

The horned figures are perhaps stalkers or other figures who's role it is to confuse the prey into thinking they are also bovines.  Although this might seem to be far-fetched, stalkers and imposter figures were key to the buffalo hunt on the North American prairie.  In a similar fashion, the hunters of Karkur Talh may also have used stalkers to confuse or lead bovines.

The figure with arms raised possibly has the role of frightening the animals toward an enclosed area where the hunter with spear is waiting.

At the far right of the picture are two other human figures, one holding a weapon in the air. The figures enclose the herd from the opposing side.  The effect is to indicate that the herd is trapped.

All of the above is certainly conjectural, but the above figures do hint that some form of the ancient methods of stalking and driving bovines was used at Karkur Talh.


reindeer in Norway,
gazelles in Syria,
caribou in the Arctic and
buffalo on the North American prairie

Evidence for African seasonal grassland tactical hunting during the LGM (Link)
Karkur Talh Rock Art (Link)

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