Ancient Human Metropolis Found in Africa
By Dan Eden:
Condensed by Native Village
[Note from Native Village: This fascinating article is simply intended to share how interesting and unique our cultures, history and beliefs can be.]

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Who made the metropolis? Why?

It seems that humans have always valued gold. It is even mentioned in the Bible, describing the Garden of Eden's rivers:

Genesis 2:11: The name of the first [river] is Pishon; it flows around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold.

Witwatersrand, South Africa, is the largest gold producing area of the world. It's in the same region as the ancient city.

 In fact nearby Johannesburg is also named "Egoli" which means "The City of Gold."


Evidence suggests that mining took place in southern Africa during the Old Stone Age.

In the 1970s, archaeologists began looking for South Africa's ancient mines.  Extensive mining areas were discovered in Swaziland and other sites. Some shafts were up to 50 feet deep. Stone objects and charcoal remains date to 5,000, 46,000, and 60,000 B.C. Scientist now believe that mining technology was used in Southern Africa after 100,000 B.C.

In September 1988, the age of human habitats in Swaziland and Zululand were determined to be 80,000 to 115,000 years.

Zulu legends tell about the most ancient gold mines in Monotapa. The mines were worked by "artificially produced flesh and blood slaves created by the First People." These slaves "went into battle with the Ape-Man" when "the great war star appeared in the sky."

Perhaps the ancient city was built near our planet's largest gold supply for a reason. But why would ancient people work so hard to mine gold? You can't eat it. It's too soft to use for tools. It isn't really useful except for ornaments and its physical beauty.

To explore the answer we need to look at what was happening on planet earth in 160,000 to 200,000 years B.C.

What were humans like 160,000 years ago?

Modern humans evolved from other, more primitive, hominids. Scientists do not understand why this new type of human suddenly appeared, or how the change happened. But each human can trace our genes back a single female. She is called "Mitochondrial Eve."

Mitochondrial Eve most recent common ancestor for all humans.  Every living person is derived from this one female individual. Her mitochondrial DNA is in us all.

Mitochondrial Eve is believed to have lived between 150,000 to 250,000 years B.C, probably in the Tanzania area. Scientists believe she lived with 4000 - 5000 females who could also bear children. However, there is no record of their survival. It appears that we are all descendants of this one human female.


Green: The region in Africa with the greatest level of mitochondrial diversity .

Light Brown: Where anthropologists believe the most ancient division in the human population began to occur.

Brown. The areas where the ancient metropolis in located. It also corresponds to the estimated age when the genetic changes suddenly happened.

Ancient Sumerian history describes the ancient metropolis and its inhabitants

We might think our known history begins with the Egyptians.  The oldest dynasties go back some 3200 years BC.  But the ancient Sumerian civilization in today's Iraq is much older. Many of their history tablets can be deciphered. We know a lot about their histories and legends.

Sumerian Legend of the "Great Flood".

The Sumerian legend, Atrahasis, tells the story of the sudden creation of modern humans by beings from another planet. Those beings need "slave workers" to help them mine gold on their extra-planetary expedition.

Next: Page 4: The Legend of "Atrahasisi" (The Origin of Modern Humans)

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Page 2: The Dating of the Site
Page 3:  Who Made This?
Page 4: The Legend of "Atrahasisi" (The Origin of Modern Humans)

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