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Oldest human burial discovered in Kenya

Oldest human burial discovered in Kenya

Context:

The oldest human burial has been discovered in a cave at a site called “Panga ya Saidi” in Kenya in the African Continent.

Details:

  • The Panga ya Saidi is a massive system of caves spanning along an escarpment that lies parallel to the coast of Kenya.
  • The excavation of the cave was carried out since 2010 by a team led by the National Museums of Kenya in Nairobi and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany.
  • The burial indicates the remains of a child who was two to three years old at the site which is over 78,000 years old.
  • The child has been nicknamed “Mtoto” which is a ‘Swahili’ word for ‘Child’ by the Scientists.
  • The discovery in Africa provides one of the earliest examples of a body placed in a grave with funeral rites.
  • The discovery of the burial provides a view into the workings of the mind and heart of the early humans.
  • The ages of the deceased will assist in developing an understanding of the development of burial as a ritual practice.

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