"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.