20 human skeletons found in Libyan desert stone age

A photo from open sources 20 skeletons found in Libyan desert people of the stone age. The approximate age of the found skeletons is from 4 to 8 thousand years. Archaeologist at Cambridge University Mary Ann Tafuri says it was a family crypt – throughout for many years people buried their generation there generation after generation relatives.

About 15 women and children are buried in the burial ground, and later, when on this place a desert appeared, under a huge rock, which called “tumuli”, 5 men and youths were buried. it discovery unveiled in March in Journal of Anthropological Archeology, “indicates cultural change due to the climate. About 6-8 thousand years ago, the territory of the Sahara desert, which was called Wadi Takarkori, was covered with diverse vegetation. Amazing cave paintings show how the ancient inhabitants were engaged in cattle breeding (raised cows), but it required much more water than there is in modern desert. Archaeologists Tafuri and Savino di Lernia began archaeological excavations in this area in 2003-2006. In the same area ancient huts, animal skeletons, and objects have also been discovered dishes, which indicates that the ancient inhabitants of Africa were able to prepare fermented milk products. To determine the age of the skeletons Tafuri studied the remains for the presence of isotopes – molecules of one element, but different weights. A team of archaeologists concluded that skeletons rested in the earth for more than 4 millennia. Men and teens were buried about 4.5 thousand years ago, and the rest more than 6 thousand years ago. Tafuri said that according to the cave paintings see the drainage of the territory – they depict goat breeding, who need much less water than cows. In addition, scientists it is believed that for thousands of years the burial ground was used by one and the same group of people – this indicates the division of society into groups. “Separate burial of women and children indicates clear separation by gender, – writes Marina Gallinaro, African history researcher at the University of Rome. – Maybe, before, women played a more important role in society. But when 5 thousand years ago, the Sahara began to grow significantly, culture has changed, and a man’s place in society is noticeable increased. “Biologist of the same University of Rome Luigi Boitani, who worked on excavations in this region, says that on this There are still many places worth exploring. According to him, this the region is full of mysteries for the historian. Sergey Translation Vasilenkova

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