Camouflaged chameleons: A new discovery at the Egyptian site of el-Hosh
History and Archaeology
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Representations of reptiles are relatively rare in Egyptian rock art. Here, we present a petroglyph found at the site of el-Hosh that closely resembles a chameleon, a morphologically distinct type of lizard. In evaluating the image, we provide a comprehensive review of the limited evidence for chameleons in other Egyptian graphical depictions and texts, revealing previously unrecognised examples found in New Kingdom tomb decorations. We conclude that the el-Hosh creature was likely executed during the Dynastic period or later, and was inspired by the observation of a chameleon, the precise species of which cannot be determined.
CitationEvans, Linda; Hardtke, Fred; Corbin, Emily; Claes, Wouter (2020-07-07). Camouflaged chameleons: A new discovery at the Egyptian site of el-Hosh. , Archaeological And Anthropological Sciences, Vol. 12, Issue 8, Article 158, Springer Verlag, ISSN: 1866-9557, DOI: 10.1007/s12520-020-01125-y.