World-renowned archaeologist Professor Phillip Tobias once said ??Humanity was a gift from Africa to Earth?? he said. Many scientists believe that Africa is the birthplace of humanity, and the world agrees in their favor with important archaeological finds.
South Africa ?? Travel the Origins
South Africa is home to nearly three million years of prehistory and history, inherited from ancient cultures that made the mountains and plains their home. This rich heritage makes the country one of the few regions in the world where these steps towards the development of culture can be followed. If you are interested in the origins of humanity, a trip to South Africa is highly recommended. There are numerous sites where remarkable discoveries have been made over the years, and they are now open to the public. Tours of these sites allow enthusiasts to get a glimpse of their origins.
By 1924 the world had focused its attention on Asia as it explored the origins of humanity. Professor Raymond Dart revolutionized this way of thinking when he discovered the skull of a six-year-old boy in a block of rock sent to him from the town of Taung in the North West province of South Africa. The skull, which exhibits both ape-like and human-like anatomical features, was named Australopithecus africanus. The skull is considered one of the 20 most important scientific discoveries of the 20th century. After the skull was discovered, scientists turned their attention to South Africa and numerous archaeological sites were found. This Taung Heritage Site now one of South Africa’s top tourist attractions, a monument has been erected to commemorate the discovery and an old mining tunnel has been reopened for visitors to explore. The Blue Pools are another feature that draws visitors to the Heritage Site. It was discovered after the dynamite explosion on the mountain!
The limestone ponds are surrounded by caves and streams and are a popular place for hiking, mountaineering, picnics and barbecues.
Another remarkable find is Dr. George, who discovered the perfectly preserved adult Australopithecus africanus cranium belonging to the 2.5-million-year-old “Miss Ples” at Sterkfontein in 1947. Made by Robert Broom. It followed several hundred discoveries, some dating back 3.5 million years, and the site Sterkfontein earned its name ?? Cradle of Humanity. Some of the cradle finds include 500 skulls, jaws, teeth and skeletal fossils of early hominids, thousands of other animal fossils, more than 300 tree fossil fragments and more than 9,000 stone tools. Cradle of Humanity [http://www.africanoutposts.co.za/index.q] is a World Heritage Site and certain areas are open to the public. There are also various exhibits, guided tours and lectures from well-known archaeologists. Cradle restaurant is the perfect day for exploration and enlightenment. This beautiful restaurant made of stone, steel and glass opens from three sides with stunning views of Africa!
The South African province of Limpopo is a land of myths and legends – the region has a rich cultural history and there are many archaeological sites. This Makapans Cave and nearby archaeological and fossil sites are located at Makapansgat farm, 19 km north of Mokopane. The fossil remains of Australopithecus africanus, a 3.5-million-year-old ape-man, were found here in 1948 by Raymond Dart. A National Heritage site and currently eligible for World Heritage Status, the Makapans Valley contains a comprehensive and complete record of hominid occupation. Makapan caves are full of fossil and archaeological remains, and you can tour the caves and the area.
Long before Bartholomew Dias wandered the Cape in 1488, the art of working gold was being mastered by the Bantu-speaking peoples living near North Africa. Limpopo River. Gold objects and other exciting finds have been made here recently. Also near the Limpopo River, Thulamela in Kruger National Park it was home to a large stone-walled settlement. Most of the ancient stone walls have been restored to their former glory, and the National Parks Board is working on plans to make this stunning area a tourist destination in the northern part of Kruger National Park. You can not only admire the archaeological finds, but also enjoy spending time in one of the world’s most admired game reserves.
In more recent years, South Africa has once again captured the world’s attention with the discovery of corpse remains. Klasies River Caves along the Eastern Cape coast. Human remains have been found with anatomically modern features that are more than 100,000 years old. If these dates are correct, South Africa is where the world’s oldest remains of our own species, Homo sapiens, were found – about 60,000 years before their arrival in Europe and Asia.
Out of all the human remains discovered in South Africa over the years art treasure. South Africa has the largest collection of Stone Age paintings and engravings in the world. San left us an invaluable and unique artistic legacy.
Robert Ardry, “Humanity evolved under the shadow of African skies on the huge card table of the African Savannah?” he wrote. Exploring this evolution is a great way to gain insight into the origin of humanity. You will not only be enlightened on your tour of South Africa’s archaeological treasures, but you will also experience the modern-day treasures of these beautiful countries.