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Stone-Age skeletons found In Sahara desert

Posted on Saturday, 9 March, 2013 | Comment icon 6 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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Skeletons dating back between 8,000 and 4,200 years have been discovered in the desert in Libya.

Archaeologists believe that the site was a burial ground used for 4,000 years and must have maintained long-term significance with the local people. 20 skeletons were uncovered in total, 15 of which were buried around 8,000 years ago and a further five around 4,200 years ago underneath large stone heaps. At the time of these burials the Sahara was more temperate than it is now with seasonal green patches and support for animal herding.

"It must have been a place of memory," said study co-author Mary Anne Tafuri. "People throughout time have kept it, and they have buried their people, over and over, generation after generation."

"Archaeologists have uncovered 20 Stone-Age skeletons in and around a rock shelter in Libya's Sahara desert, according to a new study."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by the L on 9 March, 2013, 13:46
I wouldnt be surprise if one day we found civilization such as Egypt, Maya, Inca, Sumer in Green Africa area.
Comment icon #2 Posted by marcos anthony toledo on 9 March, 2013, 18:48
Yes the L I would be surprised ether and older than the civilizations you mentioned.
Comment icon #3 Posted by the L on 9 March, 2013, 19:33
Marcos Antony In a sense its logic that there was once there. When you following where civilization is raised. Around rivers...Indus valley,China, Mesopotamia (between two rivers), all the way trough fertile crescent, Anatolia, Levant, Egypt, Crete...then blank......like there is missing part there somewhere in Sahara. Then again in Hispania, Mesoamerica, Peru....Only missing part is west Africa. And when we consider that Green Africa was once full of lakes rivers. Viola. Btw Im fan of Octavian. Edit: And D (the) is silent.
Comment icon #4 Posted by the L on 9 March, 2013, 19:47
Just wait some brave Archaeologist to start diging in right places. When Leaky wanted to dig in West Africa his mentors advice him that he waste his time there. But he knew where to dig because of his intuition. When German proffesor hunted butterfly he almost fall in that canyon and later German geologist went there and written down small report. Leaky and his wife knew that is right place to dig. No matter what people told. Even first mummy is mummified in Libya not in Egypt same as later Egyptians mummified their own. There is some evidence that people domesticated giraffe in north africa 9... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by cachibatches. on 10 March, 2013, 4:44
The origins of the Egyptians are somewhat understood and West Africa had nothing to do with it. However, there were anceitn civilization in West Africa. Dhar Tichitt Walata has beena round since at least 1500 B.C, and was a direct anscetor of the famous empire of Ghana. I also seem to remember other clues such as extrmeely ancient pottery and the second oldest boat in the world being found in West Africa, but I don't have much info at my fingertips.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Eldorado on 15 March, 2013, 0:01
I also seem to remember other clues such as extrmeely ancient pottery and the second oldest boat in the world being found in West Africa, but I don't have much info at my fingertips. "Africa's oldest known boat" the Dufuna Canoe was discovered near the region of the River Yobe. The Canoe was discovered by a Fulani herdsman in May 1987, in Dufuna Village while digging a well. The canoe’s “almost black wood”, said to be African mahogany, as “entirely an organic material”. Various Radio-Carbon tests conducted in laboratories of reputable Universities in Europe and America indicate that the Canoe ... [More]


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