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African archaeological discovery December 5, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Archaeology.
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A Norwegian archaeologist has found what might be the African site of mankind’s oldest ritual, a discovery said to change our knowledge of human history, The Middle East Times report.

Until now most scholars have believed man’s first rituals were performed more than 40,000 years ago in Europe, but the new discovery in Africa apparently means they were wrong.

University of Oslo Associate Professor Sheila Coulson and colleagues say their discovery in northwest Botswana means Homo sapiens began performing advanced rituals in Africa about 70,000 years ago.

The archaeologists made the discovery while searching for artifacts from the Middle Stone Age in the only hills for hundreds of miles in any direction. The group of small peaks within the Kalahari Desert is known as the Tsodilo Hills and is famous for having the largest concentration of rock paintings in the world.