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After the journey into the Tamgak Mountain we returned to the oasis of Iferouane for the National Day celebrations.  We then set out in search of rock carvings, this time heading in a westerly direction.  We found carvings of beasts long extinct from the area, and also met Tuareg in their small encampments.  The men were usually out with the camels or goats seeking pastures.



For a full account - an extract from Hall's memoir

Heading westwards from Iferouane with Davies and Marmounta in the lead.

Army boots gave me blisters, so I changed to flip flops made of goat or gazelle skin.

When stopping for lunch we usually had bread and tea.


Marmounta would prepare the dough in a small container.  Much of the sand would be shaken off after it had been baked.

He would then scrape the fire clear, lay the dough on the hot sand and cover it with embers to cook.

It was an early evening when we arrived at the first carvings - like a person from outer space.


The rhino was an important find so far north in Africa.

The artists of the time clearly had great fun on this rock.

All the art gave evidence of a different climate.


While travelling we would sometimes come to a small encampment where we would meet the families.

A woman will spend hours churning milk in a goat skin to make butter.

A domestic scene of mother and baby.



This young woman 'stole' my flip flops, and it turned out to be a tease and great laugh.



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