- An amazing discovery has been made in South Africa - the world's oldest bedding
- The discovery dates back over 200 000 years and was found in the Border Cave in the Lebombo Mountains of South Africa
- The ancient humans used ash and plant material to repel insects while they slept
An ancient secret has been discovered in the Border Cave, which is a deep gash in the side of the Lebombo Mountains of South Africa.
The site has revealed that early humans lived there over 200 000 years ago. A new discovery has been made.
The oldest evidence of human bedding has been discovered. The bedding was more than simply a comfortable place to sleep; the early inhabitants used ash in their bedding to repel insects.
Briefly.co.za learned that the bedding ranks as on the many "incredible discoveries" which have been made in Africa.
The discovery was made by Lyn Wadley, an archaeologist at the University of the Witwatersrand, when she and her team were excavating the Border Cave, according to Science Magazine.
“I looked up at these with a magnifying glass and realised that these were plant traces,” she says.
She was able to safely remove small parts of the rock in which the plant fibres were encased and analyse them.
The plant fibre came from the Panicoideae family of grasses which are local to the area. The amount of grass in the cave shows that the inhabitants brought it in on purpose.
The bedding itself doesn't tell us a lot about early humans, besides the use of ash, a lot of animals such as birds and mammals use plant matter to create beds and nests.
However, what is important is the age. Previously, the oldest evidence of early human bedding was found in South Africa’s Sibudu Cave, dating back 77 000 years. There has also been evidence of early bedding in Israel from 185 000 years ago but it is inconclusive.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that careful studies in recent years claim to have revealed that one of the world's most relevant subjects, mathematics, was invented in Africa.
According to Libertywritersafrica.com historical facts, archaeological evidence and artefacts lend credence to the origination of mathematics from ancient Africa more than 25,000 years ago.
A mass of the historic evidence comes from the mountains of Swaziland and the headwaters of the Nile River in the north-eastern part of Congo.
In other news, the Egyptian government has told off Space X boss Elon Musk over his tweet claiming that the iconic pyramids were built by aliens. The billionaire had taken to Twitter to support conspiracy theorists who believe aliens were involved in the colossal construction effort.
In a quick rejoinder, Egypt's Minister of International Co-operation Rania al-Mashat admitted she was a great follower and admirer of Musk's works but he was wrong on the pyramid theory.
"I follow your work with a lot of admiration. I invite you and Space X to explore the writings about how the pyramids were built and also to check out the tombs of the pyramid builders," said Rania.
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