Sites & cities that bear the name of Jebel Sahaba

Jebel Sahaba

Today in : Sudan
First trace of activity : ca. 12,400 B.C.E
Last trace of activity : ca. 11,600 B.C.E
Recorded names : جَبَل ٱلصَّحَابَة‎, Jabal Aṣ-Ṣaḥābah, Djebel Sahaba

Description : Jebel Sahaba (Arabic: جَبَل ٱلصَّحَابَة‎, romanized: Jabal Aṣ-Ṣaḥābah, lit. 'Mountain of the Companions'; also Site 117) is a prehistoric cemetery site in the Nile Valley (now submerged in Lake Nasser), near the northern border of Sudan with Egypt in Northeast Africa. It is associated with the Qadan culture, dated to the Younger Dryas some 12,000 to 15,000 years ago, with one skeleton having been radiocarbon dated to approximately 13,140–14,340 years ago. Newer apatite dates indicate that the site is at least 11,600 years old. It was discovered in 1964 by a team led by Fred Wendorf. The site is often cited as the oldest known evidence of warfare or systemic intergroup violence. Some anthropologists argue that the deaths were linked to environmental pressures.

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