The grave of a 3-year-old boy, the oldest in Africa

By 05/05/2021 Portal

The little boy was about 3 years old when he died from causes that are impossible to discern today. But the child's loss did not leave his people indifferent, a community of hunter-gatherers who inhabited what is now Panga ya Saidi, in Kenya, 78,000 years ago. Quite the contrary, someone, probably motivated by feelings in which we could easily recognize ourselves, shrouded the body, placed it in a well dug in a cave, placed the head on a kind of pillow and covered the remains with earth. It is the oldest tomb in Africa, a finding that has just been revealed by 'Nature' magazine and that offers a new perspective on how our ancestors from the Age of… See more