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Foragers in Africa fled to the mountains during the last ice age

By 12th August 2019 August 14th, 2019 No Comments

An international team of archaeologists have uncovered the earliest evidence of high-altitude prehistoric living in the form of a rock shelter in Ethiopia, though they are unsure as to whether the site was permanently inhabited. According to the new study – based on archeological, biogeochemical, glacial chronological and other analyses – the Fincha Habera rock shelter, a site situated more than 11,000 feet above sea level in the Bale Mountains of Ethiopia, was home to Middle Stone Age foragers more than 30,000 years ago. The foragers made use of nearby resources and ate giant mole-rats, which were plentiful at the time. The research is detailed in Science.

The French member of the team is Joséphine Lesur from the MNHN/CNRS–UMR 7209 Archaeozoology, Archaeobotany Laboratory (AASPE) in Paris.

Read the research paper: Middle Stone Age foragers resided in high elevations of the glaciated Bale Mountains, Ethiopia. Götz Ossendorf et al. Science 10.1126/science.aaw8942.

Read the news release from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg in Germany.