Ancient Cemetery Discovered : Green Sahara (Video)

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.

Aerial view of Gobero archaeological site in N...

Aerial view of Gobero archaeological site in Niger from Holocene. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.


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61 Responses to Ancient Cemetery Discovered : Green Sahara (Video)

  1. That was a lot of digging, Mags! Kudos for your diligence! Amazing article!

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Aina,
      I’m an ancient history fanatic, I have been keeping up on the findings in the Green Sahara for ages and I have read the posts in the scientists blog back to front.😀
      You can never have enough information I feel for those that may wish to learn more.🙂

      • I believe you. It’s fascinating subject, you’ve written it well. That even with the national geographic in the article it speaks loud enough of your credibility to the subject matter. And I’m hats off. For not all writers do that. Kudos, really! You amaze me! 😊

  2. I mean withouth the national geo in the picture the article is strong enough to stand by itself. Again, kudos, and thanks for sharing it to us!

  3. Magsx2 – YOU are the one who’s always digging for gold and sharing it with us right here. This is great. Thank you!

  4. reb says:

    Extremely interesting stuff, Mags!

  5. niasunset says:

    This is another interesting and great post… So impressive these ancient cemetery… Thank you dear Mags, I love archeology, and you are amazing for sharing all these nice and interesting news… with my love, nia

  6. Windsmoke. says:

    The most interesting finds are always the ones stumbled upon, just like this place🙂.

  7. Doraz says:

    Thank you for the fun fact filled education.🙂 Nice post.🙂

  8. Enjoyed that intriguing visit into the ancient world of the Sahara
    Now I know it wasn’t always a desert but did support life
    Thanks for a great blog
    Aussie Ian

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Aussie Ian,
      Oh yes very much so a lot of life for at least 5,000 years, the earth is always changing, don’t forget Australia had an inland sea thousands of years ago, and as more of these type of things are found the more we learn.🙂

  9. It’s taken me over an hour to post a comment. I’ve come back a couple of times during the day to read some of the links and look at the extraordinary photos in the Nat Geo article. I fell in love with the Wodaabe men posing on the desert. I’ve never heard of the Green Sahara so this is all new to me. Thanks for the lessons – both geographic and archaeological.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi EOSR,
      Yes I have had a few e-mails from some people and they said they are finding it hard to comment on a few blogs, WP is tinkering again today I have found out, but it is only affecting some browsers by what I can make out, I switched over to Firefox and haven’t had any problems. I just got home and I’m back on IE 9 and no problems so far.

      It certainly is a very significant find, already the scientists have learned a lot from these 2 different ancient civilizations that live in the Green Sahara, just amazing. I’m glad you had a look at the NG article it certainly is very good.

  10. All I can say is, “Fascinating!”
    Scott

  11. This is amazing! I absolutely love stuff like this. It is so interesting to see these finds and try to imagine what their life must have been like. Thanks for sharing!

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Michael,
      Life was certainly different, imagine a fish bone 6 feet long, that would of been one huge catch to brag about.😀
      The Green Sahara is at last showing us what secrets she held all those thousands of years ago, very amazing what is being found out about this site.

  12. Linda Vernon says:

    I didn’t know anything about this! So glad you posted it and with all the links too! Thank you — I’ll check it out right now. Goodie!😀

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Linda,
      It is interesting on what they have found out about the area known as the Green Sahara, they have certainly found a lot of good information from the ancient grave site.

  13. Makes you wonder what could happen to Earth, if another orbit wobble occurred – there could be a shift in fortunes, if Africa became rich in fertile lands and could finally feed itself properly:)

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Mariathermann,
      The earth is always changing. Don’t forget that the magnetic north poles moves further every year. It shifts about 40 kilometers or 25 miles, that is why compasses need to be adjusted all the time. I have a link to an old article in National Geographic if you would like to know more.

      Also if you remember the earthquake in Japan last year, it shifted the earth on it’s axis ( a small wobble) by 17 centimeters or 6.7 inches, which in turn has shortened our days by 1.8 microseconds.
      You can read more about this also in National Geographic.

      The earth never stops, it is constantly changing.😀

  14. Fascinating, Mags. This is what I love about archaeology – finding out how people lived a long time ago. Six foot fish bones? What sort of fish were they? One fish could feed a whole tribe! No wonder the people were very tall. They were very well-fed.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Lady Marilyn,
      I don’t know what species of fish they were, just the size. They have discovered a lot of new species in the area that have never been seen before, dinosaurs and marine life, it is fascinating, it’s like a whole new world. Yes the people were very tall for the era.😀

  15. Thank you for this Magsx2 – I’m, going to use if for home educating.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi loonyliterature,
      That’s great. It is all very interesting if you like ancient history.🙂

      • Yes, thank you we do. It is all to do with the idea that we really do not know what is under the earth beneath us and what exactly happened before. I think it is that aspect which fascinates us.

        • magsx2 says:

          I have left links also with one of the other bloggers here in comments about the changing of the earth. As we know the earth never stops changing, there has been a few wobbles of the earth axis.

          • Thanks, I’ll look out for that. This is one of the wonderful things about blogging, not only am I meeting really nice people like yourself but I’m getting some great information delivered right to my in box as well.

  16. aFrankAngle says:

    Green Sahara … I never knew (or thought about) it’s pre-desert condition – let alone transitioning that into thinking about a civilization living there.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Frank,
      There was a lot of things on earth that was different millions of year and even thousands of years ago, and changes of course are always happening.😀
      The finding of these people that lived in the Green Sahara all those years ago is very significant, we can learn so much about that time period in that area, where as before this find, the scientists only had dinosaurs and marine life to go by.

  17. I can tell you put a lot of time into researching this and it shows. What an interesting post – from the ‘green’ Sahara to the ancients who came before us. Of course, the word jewelry caught my eye.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi writingfeemail,
      I am very passionate about ancient history, I know it can be a boring subject for some people. They found some jewelry on this site that has never before been seen by modern man, I would love to own something from that era, can you imagine what it would be like to own a piece of jewelry 8,000 years old.😀

  18. hotlyspiced says:

    That’s so interesting. Who would have thought the Sahara was once inhabitable. Today it is such a desolate place. It would be wonderful to have a glimpse of what it was like way back when xx

  19. Selma says:

    You really are a fantastic researcher, Mags. I enjoyed this very, very much!

  20. Your blog is a history lesson. I have learned so much by visiting here. Thank you.

  21. Green Sahara is such a cool blog – thanks for sharing the link!

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi The Scrumpious Pumpkin,
      Happy to hear you found it interesting. It is rare to find a blog with so many different scientists putting in posts. I found it fascinating how they came across each find, and what that find was.🙂
      Thank You very much for your visit and taking the time to comment.

  22. dearrosie says:

    Wow looking for dinosaur bones in the desert they found more than 200 burials of humans who were muscular and 6’6″ tall? I’ve never heard of the Green Sahara – thanks to you and your passion for ancient history I now do!

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi dearrosie,
      The Green Sahara area is just amazing, all the new species of life that have been found there, and not anywhere else on earth, now of course the ancient civilizations of these tribes as well, and yes they seem to be very tall. There seemed to be plenty of food and water, as well as huge marine life, that no longer exist, and have only been found there. It truly is a fascinating area.

  23. Fascinating! I wonder if the mother and her 5 and 8 year old children were buried together because they all died at the same time from a disease… And they were laid to rest on a bed of flowers – it seems that flowers were appreciated for their soothing properties in times of loss all those thousands of years ago. Learning that made me feel connected to them somehow… Thanks, Mags!

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Barbara,
      I assumed they died together from something or other. I also liked the idea they were laid on a bed of flowers, it is amazing when you think about it, we still send flowers today to a funeral, and to think that ancient civilizations also had flowers for the dead, it is just astonishing.

  24. Joanne says:

    What an amazing story Mags, and isn’t it incredible that they actually found a skeleton of someone who would have been 6′ 8″ tall? In more recent times, ie, the last hundred years, they are noting that the average height is increasing, yet “average” even now is far less than 6′ !!

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Joanne,
      I agree truly amazing, and they are still finding things in the Green Sahara today. It is incredible how tall this particular tribe was all those thousands of years ago.

  25. Fergiemoto says:

    Amazing and fascinating! This is really interesting.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Fergiemoto,
      It is an incredible find this burial site, before the burial site was found they just assumed it was animals that was in the Green Sahara, but so far they have discovered 2 different civilizations, just amazing. Also dinosaurs that have not been found anywhere else on Earth only in this region, as well as different marine life as well. It is like it was another world all together.

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