An archeological team discovered the Laas Gaa'l cave paintings outside Hargeisa in Somaliland.
The most common rock art element found around the world, the human hand, exemplifies several pictography types.
A technique used since the Neolithic is spraying around a hand, resulting in a negative image.
While we may not fully understand the purpose for these paintings, we can appreciate and enjoy their beauty, admiring the creativity of those from long-ago eras.
Cave paintings are a form of Rock art, falling under the category of pictograph, or the application of pigments to a rock surface.
The paintings vary in age from 1100 The paintings are noted for their high quality, extent, the variety and originality of human and animal representations, remarkable colors, and excellent state of preservation.
The rock paintings of Sierra de San Francisco were nominated in 1989 and became a World Heritage Site in 1993.The shaman would retreat into the darkness of the caves, enter into a trance state and then paint images of their visions, perhaps with some notion of drawing power out of the cave walls themselves.This goes some way toward explaining the remoteness of some of the paintings (which often occur in deep or small caves) and the variety of subject matter (from prey animals to predators and human hand-prints). Dale Guthrie has studied not only the most artistic and publicized paintings but also a variety of lower quality art and figurines, and he identifies a wide range of skill and ages among the artists.Some theories hold that cave paintings may have been a way of transmitting information, while other theories ascribe them a religious or ceremonial purpose.There are many common themes throughout the many different places that the paintings have been found; implying the universality of purpose and similarity of the impulses that might have created the imagery.He also points out that the main themes in the paintings and other artifacts (powerful beasts, risky hunting scenes, and the over-sexual representation of women in the Venus figurines) are to be expected in the fantasies of adolescent males, who constituted a large part of the human population at the time.