Saturday, December 10, 2011
Isimila Stone Age Site
On our last day in Iringa, we went to a place called Isimila Stone Age Site which is about 15 miles outside of Iringa. I was initially attracted to this place because it has tools that are claimed to be between 60,000 – 100,000 years old. The tools were discovered in the 1950s by archaeologists and they are claimed to be some of the most important finds from the stone age. However, as cool as that all sounds, these tools were greatly disappointing. They looked like….rocks. I am complete unsure how archaeologists are able to determine that these rocks are…tools.
What ended up being super fascinating were the sandstone pillars which were only about 15 minutes walk from the site displaying the tools. These natural pillars are absolutely amazing! As we later learned, it was through erosion in this canyon that the tools were unearthed. As such, this site is believed to have been inhabited by humans as long ago as 300,000 – 400,000 years ago!