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Graves Found From Sahara’s Green Period
NYT ^ | 08/15/08 | JOHN NOBLE WILFORD

Posted on 08/15/2008 1:06:10 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

Graves Found From Sahara’s 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.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Technical
KEYWORDS: archaeology; climatechange; environment; godsgravesglyphs; humansettlement; paleontology; sahara; stoneage


1 posted on 08/15/2008 1:06:11 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: SunkenCiv; blam

Ping!


2 posted on 08/15/2008 1:06:35 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, chia head, ppogri, In Grim Reaper we trust)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

wow,,they werent very deep,,seriously though,,I love this kind of stuff.


3 posted on 08/15/2008 1:13:29 AM PDT by coalman (type to slow to be relevant,but I try)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

what sorta skulls/bones are they?

Caucazoid?

Negroid?

Hybrid?


4 posted on 08/15/2008 1:22:52 AM PDT by wardaddy ("Cause my grey hair just can't cover up my redneck.")
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To: TigerLikesRooster

This one touched me.

5 posted on 08/15/2008 2:02:33 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: wardaddy

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.


6 posted on 08/15/2008 2:10:12 AM PDT by Bushwacker777
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To: TigerLikesRooster

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?


7 posted on 08/15/2008 2:10:43 AM PDT by Enchante (Obama-cons: Trying to fool America, one media dupe at a time!)
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To: Enchante

Global warming killed them, and there were no SUVs back then... gentle Mother Nature just had a hot flash.


8 posted on 08/15/2008 2:43:48 AM PDT by Ancient Drive
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To: TigerLikesRooster

So what’s a Nigersaurus: Barney dressed in hip-hop garb?


9 posted on 08/15/2008 2:47:40 AM PDT by Adder (typical bitter white person)
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To: Adder

lmao!


10 posted on 08/15/2008 2:53:25 AM PDT by Ancient Drive
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To: TigerLikesRooster

This is the kind of thread Blam used to post.


11 posted on 08/15/2008 4:53:45 AM PDT by ASA Vet
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To: Enchante

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.


12 posted on 08/15/2008 4:57:18 AM PDT by edcoil
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To: TigerLikesRooster
A skinny little man showed up at the camp with his axe. The head lumberjack took one look at the little man and told him to leave.
"Give me a chance to show you what I can do," said the skinny man.
"Okay, see that giant tree over there?" said the lumberjack. "Cut it down."
In five minutes he was back knocking on the door.
I cut the tree down," said the man.
The lumberjack couldn't believe his eyes and said, "Where did you learn to chop down trees like that?"
"The Sahara Forest," replied the puny man.
"You mean the Sahara Desert," said the lumberjack.
The little man said, "Oh sure, that's what they call it now!"
13 posted on 08/15/2008 5:03:25 AM PDT by LZ_Bayonet (There's Always Something.............And there's always something worse!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
...previously uncovered remains of the dinosaur Nigersaurus there...

Jesse, where are you?

Or is there problem that I should be demanding a whiteasaurus?

14 posted on 08/15/2008 5:57:42 AM PDT by CurlyDave
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To: ASA Vet

you say that like something happened to blam(?)

i hope not


15 posted on 08/15/2008 9:45:08 AM PDT by wardaddy ("Cause my grey hair just can't cover up my redneck.")
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US scientists find stone age burial ground in Sahara
AFP | Aug 14, 2008 | Jean-Louis Santini
Posted on 08/14/2008 12:40:47 PM PDT by decimon
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2061932/posts

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
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1961826/posts

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
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1971126/posts

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
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1997350/posts


16 posted on 08/15/2008 9:50:52 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile hasn't been updated since Friday, May 30, 2008)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

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Thanks TigerLikesRooster. Nice pics.

Similar one just posted and pinged. Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

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17 posted on 08/15/2008 9:52:15 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile hasn't been updated since Friday, May 30, 2008)
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To: wardaddy
Bill is fine, he just moved on to where his threads are appreciated.
18 posted on 08/15/2008 9:59:04 AM PDT by ASA Vet
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To: Ancient Drive

They were doomed because they didn’t buy Gore’s carbon credits.


19 posted on 08/15/2008 10:06:24 AM PDT by hdstmf
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To: hdstmf

ahh.. so that’s why there’s lots of coal to burn these days...


20 posted on 08/15/2008 12:47:06 PM PDT by Ancient Drive
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To: ASA Vet

that sucks...

some idiots here are mighty PC for a conservative forum


21 posted on 08/15/2008 1:25:20 PM PDT by wardaddy ("Cause my grey hair just can't cover up my redneck.")
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To: edcoil
(a month later)

schoch sphinx site:freerepublic.com
Google
campbells tomb site:freerepublic.com
Google

22 posted on 09/15/2008 10:04:03 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile hasn't been updated since Friday, May 30, 2008)
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