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
Hmmmm, sounds like we had some of that old time global warming thousands of years ago to make the Sahara Desert!
Ruins of 7,000-year-old city found in Egypt oasis
Source: ABC (Australia) | January 30, 2008 - 9:47AM | U/A
Posted on 01/29/2008 9:36:38 PM PST by Fred Nerks
Egypt’s Earliest Agricultural Settlement Unearthed
Science Daily | 2-15-2008 | University of California - Los Angeles
Posted on 02/15/2008 2:27:15 PM PST by blam
The Tassili n’Ajjer [Algeria] : birthplace of ancient Egypt?
Journal 3 | 04-05-08 | Phillip Coppens
Posted on 04/05/2008 4:08:59 PM PDT by Renfield
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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.
"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.