The purpose of the Association is to create a meeting place for all who are enthralled by Saharan rock art.
The main aims are the diffusion of documents on Saharan rock art and the promotion of a conservation culture

The Association publishes the Cahiers de l'AARS and a twice-yearly Newsletter.

It organises a yearly meeting of its members to help the exchange
of information and documents. The AARS club is above all a network of people!

Jean-Loïc Le Quellec, chairman   
Jean-Marc Rouzet, secretariat 
Anne-Catherine Benchelah, treasurer

AARS is member of IFRAO (International Federation of Rock Art Organisation)

The Association brings together people of very different profiles and d

Different nationalities: tourists who have been once to Jabbaren and who hope to be able to go back there; travelers who have gone up and down the Oued Djerat on foot, Lhote’s book in their hands, before taking a rest in the shade of the palm trees of Nafeg; researchers who have travelled the length and breadth of the wadi of the Messak Mellet in their holidays, to discovermysterious therianthromorphs or enigmatic symbols, and who then spend the rest of the year classifying and studying their photos and drawing up detailed maps from satellite photos. Within the Association, everyone has his own vision of rock art. Some are interested in the history of art, others in prehistory, others in palaeo-ethology...There are also those who have never been to the Sahara, but who have discovered in Saharan rock art books the mystery of the Round Heads of Sefar, the therianthromorps of the Messak, the elegance of the herdsmen ofIheren and Ouan Amil, the impetuous forward rushing of the flying gallop chariots.

Everyone has something to talk about, photos to show and the thirst to listen and look. There are some who complain about the imperialism of the French and others who don’t understand a word of German. Some have doctorates in anthropology, others in physics and others who have no doctorate at all. There are those who discourse on the Tazina style, discuss whether it could represent an ethnic group; others debate on the stylistic and probably chronological different in the horns of the ancient Buffalo. And then an excellent moment in the AARS meetings is the one spent in the restaurant. At table, people abandon the serious tone assumed during the discussions that follow the presentation of the different talks. At table, the exchange becomes convivial, and chronologies, styles, impressions and programmes mix together in the excitement of everyone’s Saharan memories.

∆ Top of page ∆

Home | AARS | Deontology | Publications | Rock Art | Club AARS | Links |
Last update of this website 20/05/18