“Niola Doa-like” motifs in the G.R. d'Archeï (1)
The left segment of the Gran Riparo d’Archeï main panel contains the well-know paintings reproducing the iconography of the Niola Doa petroglyphs (first reported by Faleschini, Negro and Simonis in 1994). The oustanding couple to the left comprehends one figure wearing a skirt and one figure wearing only body accessories and decorations. Both figures share many of the most distinctive iconographic features of the Niola Doa pecked humans as shown in their core area of Wadi Guirchi. Direct comparison side by side of this couple with the first two humans to the left in the row of pecked figures depicted in the Niola Doa “Site 1” is made even more compelling by some additional matching details revealed by processing digital pictures. The spread fingers featuring the downwardly outstretched arm of the figure wearing a skirt is one of these important details, not reproduced in the early surveys by film photography or by tracing, common in the Niola Doa iconography (Texture in CRGB and YRD stacked colour space).