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Ignis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-11 01:57 PM
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World's Oldest Ritual Discovered (70k years old)
(Cross-posted from the Pagan forum, with a hat-tip to IcyMist.)

A startling archaeological discovery that may have gone un-noticed changes our understanding of human history. While, up until now, scholars have largely held that man's first rituals were carried out over 40,000 years ago in Europe, it now appears that they were wrong about both the time and place.



Associate Professor Sheila Coulson, from the University of Oslo, has shown that modern humans, Homo sapiens, have performed advanced rituals in Africa for 70,000 years. She has, in other words, discovered mankind's oldest known ritual.

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"Stone age people took these colorful spearheads, brought them to the cave, and finished carving them there. Only the red spearheads were burned. It was a ritual destruction of artifacts. There was no sign of normal habitation. No ordinary tools were found at the site. Our find means that humans were more organized and had the capacity for abstract thinking at a much earlier point in history than we have previously assumed. All of the indications suggest that Tsodilo has been known to mankind for almost 100,000 years as a very special place in the pre-historic landscape." says Sheila Coulson.

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"The shaman, who is still a very important person in San culture, could have kept himself hidden in that secret chamber. He would have had a good view of the inside of the cave while remaining hidden himself. When he spoke from his hiding place, it could have seemed as if the voice came from the snake itself. The shaman would have been able to control everything. It was perfect."

-- Archaeology Today
http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2011/07/worl...
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 02:01 AM
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1. Wonderful information. So glad to have seen this article. Thanks. n/t
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