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The British Museum: What is African rock art?


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How much space do 25,000 objects take up in the British Museum? Roughly 4 terabytes.

Elizabeth Galvin is curator of the African rock art image project at the British Museum. Elizabeth and her team are currently cataloguing and uploading 25,000 digital images of rock art from throughout Africa. This collection represents some of first purely digital objects to be registered within the British Museum’s collection.

As part of this project, the digital photographs have allowed the Museum to use new technologies to study, preserve, and enhance the rock art, while leaving it in situ in Africa.