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3,000-year-old burials found in Sumatran cave

The remains of 66 people buried 3,000 years ago have been found in Sumatra’s Harimau Cave. Archaeologists working in the cave also found the first example of rock art on the island.

“It means that this cave was occupied intensely by humans and they continued to occupy it for a very, very long time.

“There is still occupation traces deeper and deeper in the cave, where we have not excavated yet. So it means the cave is very promising.”

There are also plant and animal remains like chickens, dogs and pigs, suggesting these people had been domesticated rather than nomadic.

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Story: Glen Humphries, Illawarra Mercury | Photo: Ken Robertson, Illawarra Mercury

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