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23 August 2016
Ancient camping site unearthed in India

A camping site dating back to 8500 BCE has been unearthed in Ladakh, in Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The newly discovered site indicates that humans were as interested in camping 10,500 years ago as they are now.
     An official statement stated that the site was discovered 14,000 feet above sea level on the way from Saser La to Ladakh. A charcoal sample collected from the excavation site was sent to Florida for carbon-dating. More samples derived from upper and lower deposits sent for dating indicated two radiocarbon dates of 8500 BCE and 7300 BCE respectively - both of which are a sign of frequent human activity at the site for nearly eight hundred years.
     "The research so far carried out has proved the antiquity and nature of human activities to an extent, but their camping patterns, extent of camping area, tools and other cultural aspects are yet to be traced," experts said.

Edited from India Times (19 August 2016)

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