Anthropology

77,000 years old bed found in South Africa

77,000 years old bed found in South Africa, the world’s oldest bed

Editor Ilona for Blue Line

Seems this lonely planet in Africa still surprising us with it’s amazing lands. Archaeologists have found the world’s oldest bed in South Africa and it’s 50,000 years older than any bedding ever found. The 77,000-year-old bedding, which was made with medicinal plants, shows how creative our ancestors could be. The archaeologists discovered a stack of these ancient beds that consisted of compacted stems and leaves of sedges, rushes and grasses stacked in at least 15 layers within a chunk of sediment 10 feet thick.  Basically, the bedding was made from leaves.  Most of the plant remains used in ancient bedding were that of Cryptocarya, a plant species that also holds medicinal purposes and keeps mosquitoes away. The discovery of using such a plant goes to show that not only were early humans savvy and resourceful, they loved a good’s night rest just as much as we do.

Translated by Blue Line from múlt-kor.hu

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About Ilona Kaszanyi

http://www.bluelyn.com/ - I'm interested in human rights, I condemn all kinds violence. I love sociology, nature, culture, travel. I love teaching children, meeting and talking with people, making friends all around the world. As an amateur photographer I love taking pictures in the nature.

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