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Oldest Stone Age cemetery found
Sat, 16 Aug 2008 16:13:36 GMT
A team of American dinosaur hunters has discovered the largest and oldest Stone Age graveyard in the middle of the Sahara desert.
Researchers at the University of Chicago found the cemetery in 2000, while searching for dinosaur fossils in northern Niger, AP reported.
"Everywhere you turned, there were bones belonging to animals that don't live in the desert," team-director and paleontologist Paul Sereno said.
"The most amazing find so far is a grave with a female and two children hugging each other. They were carefully arranged in this position. This strongly indicated they had spiritual beliefs and cared for their dead," said University of Cassino researcher and team-member, Elena Garcea.
The site has yielded some 200 graves as well as the remains of animals, large fish and crocodiles, shedding light on the Stone Age lifestyle and the way people adapted to climate change.
Originally posted by billyjoinedat2k8
Ye it is very vague a fw more answers would be great
like how old is the site
are the people the same age as that
are the animals the same age
wher abouts in the sahara
The scientists eventually uncovered 200 burials of two vastly different cultures that span five thousand years—the first time such a site has been found at a single site.
Called Gobero, the area is a uniquely preserved record of human habitation and burials from the Kiffian (7700 to 6200 B.C.) and the Tenerian (5200 to 2500 B.C.) cultures, says a new study led by Sereno of the University of Chicago.
The "watershed" find also offers a new window into how these tribes lived and buried their dead during the extreme Holocene period, when a grassy Sahara dried up in the world's largest desert.