Africa Place of Origins

An iLecture film from the Bradshaw Foundation


  • Explore the rock art of Africa with Dr. Ben Smith, Director of the Rock Art Research Institute in South Africa.
  • From the deserts of the Sahara, through the jungles of the Tropics, and up in to the mountains of the Drakensberg, join us as we travel the length and breadth of Africa.
  • Features the desert paintings of the Tassili in north Africa, the ‘Schematic’ paintings of the Pygmy groups, the Sandawe and Hadza paintings, the San rock paintings and engravings of southern Africa, the Khoekhoen ‘finger-painting’ geometric art.

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The Bradshaw Foundation provides an online learning resource. Its main areas of focus are archaeology, anthropology and genetic research, and its primary objective is to discover, document and preserve ancient rock art around the world, and promote the study of early mankind’s artistic achievements. The Foundation funds preservation projects around the world, scientific research and research publication. The Foundation carries out its work in collaboration with UNESCO, the Royal Geographic Society, the National Geographic Society, the Rock Art Research Institute in South Africa and the Trust for African Rock Art to ensure that the programs achieve maximum impact. It is a privately funded, non-profit organization based in Geneva.