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Archaeological site
Karinhegane is located in Somalia
Location in Somalia.
Coordinates: 11°11′N 48°13′E / 11.183°N 48.217°E / 11.183; 48.217Coordinates: 11°11′N 48°13′E / 11.183°N 48.217°E / 11.183; 48.217
Country Somalia
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)

Karinhegane is an archaeological site in the northern Sanaag region of Somalia. It contains some unique polychrome rock art.


Karinhegane is situated between the towns of Las Khorey and El Ayo, it is the site of numerous cave paintings of real and mythical animals. Each painting has an inscription below it, which collectively have been estimated to be around 2,500 years old.[1][2]

Karinhegane's rock art is in the same distinctive Somali-Arabian style as the Laas Geel and Dhambalin cave paintings.[3][4] Located nearby, around 25 miles from Las Khorey, is Gelweita, another key rock art site.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hodd, Michael (1994). East African Handbook. Trade & Travel Publications. p. 640. ISBN 0844289833.
  2. ^ a b Ali, Ismail Mohamed (1970). Somalia Today: General Information. Ministry of Information and National Guidance, Somali Democratic republic. p. 295.
  3. ^ Istituto universitario orientale (Naples, Italy) (1992). Annali: Supplemento, Issues 70-73. Istituto orientale di Napoli. p. 57.
  4. ^ "Rock Art Sites of Somaliland". CyArk. Retrieved 28 March 2014.