. Archaeologists Have Discovered the Oldest Human Burial in Africa, Offering Clues About How Early Humans Regarded Death « JO LEE MAGAZINE

ART NET NEWS – A nearly 80,000-year-old grave discovered in Africa is the continent’s oldest-known human burial, archaeologists have announced. Those behind the find have christened the remains Mtoto, from the Swahili word for child. Laid to rest some 78,000 years ago, the body is of a child estimated to have been between two and a half and three. Archaeologists from the National Museums of Kenya in Nairobi and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany, discovered the burial in the mouth of the Panga ya Saidi cave on the coast of Kenya’s tropical uplands back in 2013, and published their findings this week in the journal Nature.

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