Ancient Bedding: World’s Oldest Beds Discovered in South African Cave (Photo)

By on Dec 10, 2011 in Africa, Amazing, Archaelogy, Science, World Comments
Ancient Bedding

Ancient bedding in Sibudu, South Africa
Image Credit: Prof. Lyn Wadley

Ancient beddings, about 77,000-years-old and reportedly the world’s oldest beds, were found inside a Sibudu cave in South Africa. The ancient sleeping mats were discovered by a group of international researchers, according to several international news reports on Friday, December 9, 2011.

Reports say that the oldest bed was made of medicinal evergreen plants, a species of Cryptocarya, that drives away mosquitoes. The stems and leaves of sedges, rushes and grasses, believed to be taken from the uThongathi River, were put together in about 15 layers within a 10 feet thick of sediment.

Aside from the ancient bed, the research team were able to uncover several artifacts inside the cave.

The international research team include geoarhaeologists from the University of Tübingen in Germany, and University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.



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