Skip to comments.Graves Found From Sahara’s Green Period
Posted on 08/15/2008 1:06:10 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
Graves Found From Saharas Green Period
By JOHN NOBLE WILFORD
When Paul C. Sereno went hunting for dinosaur bones in the Sahara, his career took a sharp turn from paleontology to archaeology. The expedition found what has proved to be the largest known graveyard of Stone Age people who lived there when the desert was green.
The first traces of pottery, stone tools and human skeletons were discovered eight years ago at a site in the southern Sahara, in Niger. After preliminary research, Dr. Sereno, a University of Chicago scientist who had previously uncovered remains of the dinosaur Nigersaurus there, organized an international team of archaeologists to investigate what had been a lakeside hunting and fishing settlement for the better part of 5,000 years, originating some 10,000 years ago.
In its first comprehensive report, published Thursday, the team described finding about 200 graves belonging to two successive populations. Some burials were accompanied by pottery and ivory ornaments. A girl was buried wearing a bracelet carved from a hippo tusk. A man was seated on the carapace of a turtle.
The most poignant scene was the triple burial of a petite woman lying on her side, facing two young children. The slender arms of the children reached out to the woman in an everlasting embrace. Pollen indicated that flowers had decorated the grave.
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wow,,they werent very deep,,seriously though,,I love this kind of stuff.
what sorta skulls/bones are they?
This one touched me.
I was wondering the same thing. Some paintings I have seen depicting this period of history seem to be of light-skinned peoples. Not sure that was due to erosion, the materials they had to paint with or if in fact the original people were white.
The original Egyptians and Libyans were white so it would not surprise me.
Fascinating..... so 5,000 to 10,000 years ago much of the current “Sahara Desert” was green and wet....... then evil SUVs arrived and ruined everything, AGW set in...... did they find the SUVs?
Global warming killed them, and there were no SUVs back then... gentle Mother Nature just had a hot flash.
So what’s a Nigersaurus: Barney dressed in hip-hop garb?
This is the kind of thread Blam used to post.
I recall a history channel special that the erosion on the Sphinx was caused by water, not sand dating it back over 5,000 years earlier then originally thought.
Jesse, where are you?
Or is there problem that I should be demanding a whiteasaurus?
you say that like something happened to blam(?)
i hope not
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Thanks TigerLikesRooster. Nice pics.
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They were doomed because they didn’t buy Gore’s carbon credits.
ahh.. so that’s why there’s lots of coal to burn these days...