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    200,000 year old beds in South Africa

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    JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA—According to a Science News report, archaeologist Lyn Wadley of the University of the Witwatersrand and her colleagues have dated bedding in South Africa’s Border Cave to 200,000 years ago. The beds consisted of bound bunches of grass, such as Guinea grass and red grass, placed over a layer of ash. The ashes are likely to have been old bedding that was burned in firepits found not far from the grass beds found at the entrance to the cave. The fine, powdery ash under the bedding may have been intended to discourage crawling insects. Bits of burned wood and camphor leaves in the ash may have also served as bug repellent. People may have sat on their beds while making stone tools, since small, sharpened stones were also found in the grass and ash.


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    Wow, if those results be really correct that's surprisingly clever and, I don't know, "modern"!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ygorcs View Post
    Wow, if those results be really correct that's surprisingly clever and, I don't know, "modern"!
    People teaching survival skills, even the military, should take note. :)

    Through trial and error our ancestors found ways to survive, some of which we've lost. That goes for the use of certain plants as well. Probably some useful knowledge was lost.

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