Africas oldest human sacrifice found in Sudan

February 6th, 2009 - 2:35 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Feb 6 (ANI): Archaeologists have unearthed a 5,500 year-old Stone Age tomb in northern Sudan, which they believe confirms the location of Africas oldest human sacrifice.

According to a report in the Telegraph, the archaeological team from France found the tomb in a graveyard in Al-Kadada, north of Khartoum.

They dug up the tomb of a man and a woman facing each other in a ditch, with bodies of two women, two goats and a dog buried nearby.

The discovery of the group confirms excavations last year which found traces of the oldest human sacrifice ever identified in Africa, according to Jacques Reinold, a researcher for the French section of the Sudanese antiquities department.

The ancient unearthed bones date from between 3,700 and 3,400 BC, a period considered as one the key stages in the transition from a hunting to a farming society.

The Al-Kadada region, on fertile land alongside the Nile, is regarded as one of the cradles of humanity in the Neolithic era.

Reinolds team also unearthed polished axes, a millstone, make-up palettes and ceramics at Al-Kadada. (ANI)

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