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Treasure Trove of Ancient Human Footprints Found Near Volcano

Treasure Trove of Ancient Human Footprints Found Near Volcano

by Michael Greshko via “National Geographic

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Nine miles from the volcano the Maasai call the “Mountain of God,” researchers have cataloged a spectacularly rare find: an enormous set of well-preserved human footprints left in the mud between 5,000 and 19,000 years ago.

The more than 400 footprints cover an area slightly larger than a tennis court, crisscrossing the dark gray mudflat of Engare Sero, on the southern shore of Tanzania’s Lake Natron. No other site in Africa has as many ancient Homo sapiens footprints—making it a treasure trove for scientists trying to tell the story of humankind’s earliest days. . . .

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Angel City Chorale ~ “Africa”

The beginning is a really amazing twist on the traditional song.  I love it when people use nature to replicate nature.  🙂

Tomb of previously unknown pharaonic queen found in Egypt

“Tomb of previously unknown pharaonic queen found in Egypt”

via “AFP

Czech archaeologists have unearthed the tomb of a previously unknown queen believed to have been the wife of Pharaoh Neferefre who ruled 4,500 years ago, officials in Egypt said Sunday.

The tomb was discovered in Abu Sir, an Old Kingdom necropolis southwest of Cairo where there are several pyramids dedicated to pharaohs of the Fifth Dynasty, including Neferefre.

The name of his wife had not been known before the find, Antiquities Minister Mamdouh al-Damaty said in a statement.

He identified her as Khentakawess, saying that for the “first time we have discovered the name of this queen who had been unknown before the discovery of her tomb”.

That would make her Khentakawess III, as two previous queens with the same name have already been identified.

Her name and rank had been inscribed on the inner walls of the tomb, probably by the builders, Damaty said. . .

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Off the Beaten Path: National Museum in Lagos

Who:

National Museum in Lagos, Nigeria

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Where:

National Museum, Lagos
Awolowo Rd (opp Muson Centre),
Onikan, Lagos Island.
Tel: +234 -1 263 6005

When:

Mon-Sat 9am – 5pm

What:

National Museum, Lagos

by Adeyemi Adisa via “Come to Nigeria

National Museum, Lagos

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“Nigerian Archaeologists Protest German Exhibition of Looted Art”

“Nigerian Archaeologists Protest German Exhibition of Looted Art”

By Zacharys Anger Gundu via “All Africa”

The Archaeological Association of Nigeria (Aan) presents a statement on the recent German Nok exhibition in Frankfurt.  They accuse the German curators of academic colonization of archaeology for failing to agree to the exhibition first being hosted on Nigerian soil and for several other breaches concerning the heritage of NigeriaFollowing years of controversial archaeological investigations in parts of the Nok valley by German scholars led by . . . .”

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