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NABTA - Oldest Astronomical Megalith Alignement Discovered In Egypt

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« Reply #15 on: July 09, 2009, 08:45:21 pm »

The groundwork for Egypt's great civilization

The Nabta site includes a stone circle, several flat, tomb-like stone structures and five lines of standing and toppled megaliths. One of the rocks looks like a cow, and archeologists have dug up remains of cattle at the site.

The Stone Age herders who visited the site used cattle in their rituals just as the African Masai do now. Archeologists have also found other artifacts such as carved ostrich eggs.

The Nabta site was found several years ago by a team led by Southern Methodist University anthropology professor Fred Wendorf. Wendorf, Malville and colleagues did a satellite survey of the site last year.

It sits on the shoreline of a lake that probably began filling with water about 11,000 years ago. The area was used by nomads until about 4,800 years ago, when annual monsoon rains moved southwest and the area again became too dry to live in.

Malville said perhaps the culture that built the stones laid the groundwork for Egypt's great civilization.

"The Nabta culture may have been a trigger for the development of social complexity in Egypt that later led to the Pharaonic dynasty," he said.

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