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« on: August 10, 2008, 08:35:59 am »

Human figures are represented only in the painted imagery recorded to date; they are absent from the
recorded engravings of Sluguilla, although their presence at unrecorded sites cannot be discounted.

Some of the figures at Bou Dheir are represented with distinctive crests or head-dresses reminiscent
of painted figures of Mediterranean or Near Eastern appearance in the central Sahara, while representations at Erqueiz are very different in appearance, suggesting at least two different population groups.

Despite the large distances involved, it appears that the far west of the Sahara around the latitude of 25
N was far from isolated from the remainder of the greater Saharan region.

The prehistoric inhabitants of Western Sahara hunted and recorded the same animals as their counterparts
in central and eastern regions, and shared the same technologies. As throughout the Sahara, they responded to the same pressures of climatic and environmental desiccation; the location of hearths within wide river channels suggests a congregation around diminishing water resources, while the depiction of a wide variety of more humid climate fauna indicate Holocene desiccation following a humid phase.

However, many questions remain regarding the chronology of human occupation and the processes of adaptation and cultural evolution.

For example, was the region reoccupied at the same time as the recolonisation of the central Sahara, or did
transient occupation continue through the arid period that preceded the Holocene?

Did changes in funerary practices evolve in situ as societies became more stratified during the final period of desiccation, or were new practices introduced fully formed by migrants from other regions where desiccation was more advanced?

How and when were cattle introduced to the region?

In what directions did migration occur throughout the Holocene?

These questions can only be answered by further extensive research in the region, which is contingent on a continued ceasefire between the parties to the conflict, and ultimately on its peaceful and just resolution.
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