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[an error occurred while processing this directive]Chongoni Rock-Art Area, Malawi

[an error occurred while processing this directive][an error occurred while processing this directive] Chongoni Rock-Art Area is a cultural property in Malawi that has been recognised as a World Heritage Site. The inscription protects a section of forested granite hills in the central region of Malawi where ancient rock paintings exist. The entire site covers 126.4 sq km and includes 127 different areas where rock art is found.

The Chongoni Rock-Art Area is said to have the richest concentration of rock art in Central Africa. These paintings were done by many different groups, among them the BaTwa hunter-gatherers who lived in the area from around the late Stone Age period.

In addition to the BaTwa people, the Chewa people, who were early farmers, also practised rock paintings in the area, from the late Iron Age period right up to the 20th century. Many of the Chewa rock paintings have a strong association with the womenfolk of the tribe. They are still regarded as sacred or culturally significant by the Chewa people today, and are placed connected to their ceremonies and rituals.


Chongoni Rock Art, Malawi
Chongoni Rock Art, Malawi
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Chongoni Rock-Art Area was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 30th session of the World Heritage Committee in Vilnius, Lithuania, 9 - 16 July, 2006.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: S14 17 36 E34 16 45 in Dedza District, Central Region, Malawi
Inscription Year: 2006
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: III, VI

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