By Natural Philosopher Mike Prestwood
Timeline Story

Earliest Known Prepared Burial, “Mtoto”

Earliest Known Prepared Burial, “Mtoto”

When: 76,000 BCE
Absolute Years From Now: -76000
Story Reference Date: 07/04/2021

Circa 76,000 BCE someone in Africa, perhaps the child’s parents, carefully prepared a human child aged about three years old for burial. They dug a circular pit at the entrance to a cave (likely their cave), placed the child in the hole on his or her right side with knees drawn toward the chest.

After proper analysis of the surrounding soil and the decomposition that has taken place in the pit over the years, the archaeologists believe the child, now nicknamed Mtoto, was intentionally buried shortly after death.

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