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France expresses interest in protecting Zimbabwe’s rock art

France has expressed a willingness to join Zimbabwe in a programme to conserve its priceless pre-historic rock art.

Flag of Zimbabwe.
Flag of Zimbabwe. Image by Harvey Barrison / CC BY-SA 2.0

France’s ambassador to Zimbabwe told The Herald that Zimbabwe has some of the world’s best examples of the ancient artwork, and there was a need to preserve it and to promote rock art tourism. The African nation has more than 15,000 unique rock art sites, and archaeologists fear that if nothing is done many them will be destroyed or damaged by fire, graffiti or people carving into them. The highest concentrations of the ancient art are found within the Matopo Hills, southern Zimbabwe and the Domboshava Caves. Read more: allafrica.com