Laas Gaal

Laas Geel - Rockshelters of Las Geel - Las Geel Rock Drawings

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Rock paintings, Laas Gaal, Somalia. Public Domain.
Location: Outside Hargeisa.
(9.780911, 44.443642)
Open: no restrictions.
Fee: free.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst Cave
Light: n/a
Guided tours:
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: no
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NOV-2002 archaeological survey by a French team of researchers.


Laas Gaal is a complex of ten granite caves or rock shelters decorated with Neolithic cave paintings. Between 20,000 and 18,000 years old, these are the earliest known cave paintings of domesticated African aurochs (Bos primigenius africanus) in the Horn of Africa. The rock art depicts wild animals and decorated cattle (cows and bulls). It is in an excellent state of preservation.