Desert Pasts

Prehistory and Human Evolution in the Sahara










Understanding the role of the Sahara in our evolutionary history is a challenge. Physically part of Africa and bordering the Mediterranean, it represents the western part of a major desert belt that extends across Arabia to north-western India. This desert belt constrained the movement of animals and people in the past, as it continues to do so today.

Partner Institutions

Department of Antiquities, Libya
Jarma Museum, Fezzan, Libya


Department of Antiquities, Libya

OXY (Occidental Petroleum)