Africa’s Oldest Human Grave Is Discovered
Archaeologists discovered the oldest human grave on the continent during fieldwork in Kenya. It was determined that the bones found in the excavation date back to 80 thousand years ago.
The research was published in Nature magazine, it was determined that the bones found in the excavations carried out in the Panga ya Saidi cave in southeastern Kenya belonged to a 3-year-old child who was buried about 80,000 years ago.
Archaeologists stated that the bones, the first parts of which were discovered after the excavation in 2013, were in a very sensitive state and that it took more than 4 years to extract the bones from the region without damaging them.
The archeology team, which excavated the area of the bones in a block 40 centimeters in diameter and 13 centimeters deep, covered it with protective materials, sent the block to the National Museum of Nairobi for examination.
The researchers then sent the soil block containing the bones to a private laboratory in Spain to examine it in more detail with a 3D x-ray machine.
As a result of the completed analysis, it was concluded that the bones belonged to a child who was found lying on his right with his knees drawn to his stomach.