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Der erste Mensch – Fahndung im Diamantenland

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Der erste Mensch – Fahndung im Diamantenland

It is no longer a secret, that the cradle of mankind lies on the African continent. But now we know even more: the first anatomically modern human, homo sapiens sapiens, lived in South Africa.

In the dune area at the southern tip of the Langebaan Lagoon, about 100 kilometres north of Cape Town, “Schliemann’s Heirs” not only discovered Eve’s ancient footprints, but also stone tools, faunal remains and bones of cattle, gazelles, rhinos and horses.
Little was previously known about the activities of early humans on the “open field”. But here in South Africa the testimonies of their lives and their environment are uniquely spread. Modern high-tech methods help researchers with their investigations, and anyone can learn about the latest state of research on the internet.

No foreigner is allowed to enter the restricted diamond area at Lüderitz, but there is an archaeologist commissioned by the Diamond Group NAMDEB who is constantly finding traces of stone age people and the German colonial troops. Since the exclusion zone was set up in 1908, it is almost ecologically untouched. It’s a wide field of action for the lonely archaeologist with an area of 100 x 300 kilometres.
The “White Lady” of Brandberg has become famous all over the world. But this mysterious rock drawing on a secluded granite massif in Namibia is only a detail of a large range of pictures that gives us an insight into long-lost cultures. Thousands of fascinating scenes unraveled by “Schliemann’s Heirs” paint a picture of the life and thoughts of the first people alive: poster boards of the past

Gisela Graichen, Peter Prestel Maren Witte Steffen Böttrich Susanne Strobel Dr. Gudrun Ziegler ZDF, January, 2000
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