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According to Rasmusen and Rubert's Historical Diction of Zimbabwe, the name Domboshawa derives from the Chishona words dombo (large stone or rock) and shawa (red), and at least half a dozen sites in Mashonaland bear this name, the most important of which "is located c.30 km north of Harare in the present Chinamora Communal Lands (at 17¡36'S, 31¡8'E). This hill is a massive granite dome containing several shelters with notable rock paintings. These include fine animal and human depictions of several different styles. Some of the human figures are believed to be San representations of Bantu-speaking peoples."
The surrounding landscape: granite and dry grass.
The route up to the cave and sunset at Domboshawa looking over farmland.
The rock paintings at the left of the main body and the main set of paintings.
This example, which appears under an overhanging rock formation on the outskirts of Harare, contains images of elephants, birds, and men.
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