An ancient cemetery was discovered back in 2000, by dinosaur hunters who happened to stumble across human skeletons buried in the Sahara. The team from the University of Chicago had been in the area before and had discovered new species of dinosaurs. They believe the site dates back to 8,000 BC. and the area was inhabited for nearly 5,000 years. Over the years the scientists have uncovered over 200 burials. Also discovered was jewellery and tools. Now in 2012 they are still studying the area.
The area known as Gobero was part of the Green Sahara.
About 12,000 years ago there was a wobble in the Earth’s orbit which brought severe weather to the Sahara in the form of monsoons and this greened the desert, with the greening of the desert this of course attracted humans to the area as well as different animals.
There is a very small article about this find and an interview with Chicago Palaeontologist Paul Sereno, at WBEZ 91.5 Chicago. The interview was in February 2012.
Also for those interested in this spectacular find there is a blog called
“People of the Green Sahara” the posts in this blog are written by the scientists on the expedition, including Paul Sereno, and all of the posts in this blog are a very good read.
I also found a very good article in National Geographic, unfortunately this article is from 2008, but still a very good read about the area.
Some fantastic photos also at National Geographic.
Other posts from my blog you may like:
- Tarim Mummies (Video)
- Tomb of Cyrus: Iran (Video)
- Viking Burial Site Found: Scottish Highlands (Video)
- Bog Bodies (Video)