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Ancient skeleton find in Morocco

2010-05-07 21:21

Khemisset - Archaeologists in Morocco uncovered an ancient burial ground in a cave east of the capital Rabat, digging up human skeletons dating back 5 000-years, they told AFP on Friday.

It is the first time that human skeletons dating from the end of the Neolithic period to the Bronze Age have been discovered in Morocco, Youssef Bokbot said, leading the team carrying out the digs.

"Seven skeletons and four graves will allow us to identify very precisely the funeral rites of the Beaker culture, a first," Bokbot said of the discovery in a cave near Khemisset, 80km from Rabat.

"The copper objects that we found confirmed humanity's evolution, the passage from stone to metal, a real transformation," the archaeologist added.

The digs, which began in 2006, were in a cave 18km from Khemisset.