Skip to comments.US scientists find stone age burial ground in Sahara
Posted on 08/14/2008 12:40:47 PM PDT by decimon
WASHINGTON (AFP) - A US-led team of archaeologists said Thursday they had discovered by chance what is believed to be the largest find of Stone Age-era remains ever uncovered in the Sahara Desert.
Named Gobero, the site includes remarkably intact human remains as well as the skeletons of fish and crocodiles dating back some 10,000 years to a time when what is now the world's largest desert was a swampy wetland.
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Sand blast ping.
“....a swampy wetland?”
You mean those prehistoric people changed their climate???
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shatter’d visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamp’d on these lifeless things,
The hand that mock’d them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains: round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
-Percy Bysshe Shelley 1818
It was the beach parties.
Hmmmm, sounds like we had some of that old time global warming thousands of years ago to make the Sahara Desert!
Could not have worded it better.
That old global warming has us in its spell
That old global warming we knew so well
Icy fingers running up our spine
Crocodiles hiding in the brine
PBS will do a show on Stone Age people and the SUVs they drove. Without any paved roads, I'm sure they'll find a hummer or two.
What do you expect?
They were all Republicans!
That’s a great pic. And the largest small JPEG ever.
It’s funny how people everywhere drew the same sort of pictures.
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“Archaeologists get a glimpse of life in a Sahara Eden”
Interesting, but how can they tell the cemetery was from the stone age?
Aren’t today’s denizens of the Sahara pretty much in the stone age?
Except for the guns of course, but I doubt they bury them with the dead so that little telltale isn’t available.
The skull of this mature Kiffian male (L) is stained dark from high lake levels that inundated the cemetery at Gobero in the Sahara in Tenere Desert, Nigeria, in this undated photograph. The Kiffian was radiocarbon-dated at 9,500 years old. The Tenerian male (R) died in the prime of his life at about 18 years of age. The skull was radiocarbon-dated at 5,800 years old. A Stone Age graveyard on the shores of an ancient, dried-up lake in the Sahara is brimming with the skeletons of people, fish and crocodiles who thrived when the African desert was briefly green, researchers reported on Thursday. (Mike Hettwer ©2008 National Geographic /Handout/Reuters)
You can probably still get harpooned out there.
Seems like it should be from the Sand Age.
"Among the Tenerian graves was a heart-rending burial tableaux: A young woman was lying on her side. Pollen under her body suggested that she was placed on a bed of flowers. Lying on their sides facing her were two young children, their fingers interlocked with hers..."
Sometimes we need to ask ourselves whether our modern culture has too high a regard for the material refinements of civilization and too little regard for the more subtle, spiritual aspect of life. Is it possible that some cultures thousands of years ago developed societies more refined than our own?
The original research article: Lakeside Cemeteries in the Sahara: 5000 Years of Holocene Population and Environmental Change - PloS One.org
The LA Times article linked above is excellent, providing more background on the discovery of the very remote site. Generally I try to avoid linking to the Times because of their attempt to take down Free Republic.
Thanks for the links.
That picture is art.
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