Kolo Rocks Ancient Paintings, located 100
kilometers south of small tow of Babati, in a place called Kondoa
Irangi. They set within hilly landscape characterized by Miombo woodlands
that were home to herds of wildlife roaming peacefully in the rift valley
as they have been for more than 30,000 years,
unrestored and protected by nothing more than an overhang of rock. the
rocks here are unusual in technique and content
The spectacular collection of images from
over 150 shelters, many with high artistic value, display sequences that
provide a unique testimony to the changing socio-economic base of the area
from hunter-gather to agro-pastoralist societies, and the beliefs and ideas
associated with them. Some of the shelters are still considered to have
ritual associations with the peoples who live nearby.
The the paintings show simplified human
figures engaged in hunting, playing music instruments, crossing rivers and
animals such as elephants, giraffe and antelopes. The
symbolize hunter-gatherer art people who were living in this areas.
One of the key qualities of the Kondoa
rock art sites is that they still play an active role in the rituals of
local communities. The sites are used for instance for weather-divination,
healing and initiation.
It is the latest Tanzania's World
heritage site in 2006