ATLAS of Tadrart Acacus rock art. A UNESCO World Heritage site in southwestern Libya

45,00 - 150,00

Author: Savino di Lernia (edited by), Marina Gallinaro (edited by)
Year of printing: 2022
ISBN: 9788892850903
e-ISBN: 9788892850910


The rock art sites of the Tadrart Acacus in southwestern Libya were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985, largely owing to the activities started in 1955 by Fabrizio Mori, founder of the Libyan-Italian Mission in the Tadrart Acacus and Messak. Since the beginning, the Department of Antiquities of Tripoli and Sebha, Libya, and Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, have worked in the region nearly without interruption until 2011. This book presents the archive of the rock art sites, identified and recorded by the Italian Mission and by independent scholars, as described and critically assessed by the authors within the framework of the ASArt-DATA project (the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme). The contributions introducing the catalog contextualize the environmental, archaeological, and cultural aspects of the engravings and paintings. They include chapters addressing the historical, cultural, and diplomatic issues involved in the long-term bilateral scientific cooperation.


Volume 1

  • List of Figures
  • List of Tables
  • Foreword, by Savino di Lernia
  • A note from the Italian Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, by Giuseppe Buccino Grimaldi
  • Commentary, by Malika Hachid
  • Editorial Preface, by Savino di Lernia, Marina Gallinaro
  • 1. The Tadrart Acacus as a cultural landscape, Savino di Lernia, Mohamed Faraj Mohamed al-Faloos
  • 2. Rock art and Italian prehistoric studies in Libya: the role, activities, and perspectives of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI), Andrea Balletta
  • 3. The Libyan-Italian cooperation in knowing, protecting, and disseminating the Tadrart Acacus rock art, Mustafa Turjman
  • 4. Climate, environment, and human occupation in the Holocene Tadrart Acacus, Savino di Lernia, Mauro Cremaschi, Anna Maria Mercuri
  • 5. Central Saharan rock art, intangible archives, and “decolonized narratives”, Marina Gallinaro
  • 6. The role of climate and bio-geomorphology in the degradation and conservation of Saharan rock art, Andrea Zerboni, Mauro Cremaschi
  • 7. Rock art styles in the Tadrart Acacus (SW Libya): a critical assessment, Marina Gallinaro, Savino di Lernia
  • 8. The Atlas. An introduction, Marina Gallinaro, Savino di Lernia
  • Index of rock art sites
  • Arabic translation of chapter abstracts and catalogue guidelines, Mustafa Turjman

Volume 2

  • 9. The Atlas. The catalogue. Marina Gallinaro, Savino di Lernia
  • Area 1
  • Area 2
  • Area 3

Volume 3

  • Area 4
  • Area 5
  • References

Additional information

Weight :4,420 kg
Dimensions:24x22x8,1 cm


Number and series

9, AZA

Place of printing

Sesto Fiorentino (FI)

Year of printing


3 tomes in slipcase, Book




illustrations in black and white and color








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