“Anthropology has had a long love affair with the primitive and has preferred to set its tent down among the African bushmen, exploring the simplicities of tiny tribal communities rather than the complexities to be found int he primary centers of large African nations. Very partial and limited visions of the African hovering on the fringes of his vast world have come to represent the totality of his capacity and potential…Five centuries of these falsehoods have been exploded in just five years. These years have seen the discovery of African steel-smelting in Tanzania 1,500-2,000 years ago, an astronomical observatory in Kenya 300 years before Christ, the cultivation of cereals and other crops by Africans in the Nile Valley 7,000 years before any other civilization, the domestication of cattle in Kenya 15,000 years ago, the domestic use of fire by Africans 1,400,000 years ago (one million years before its first known use in China), the use of tetracyclene by an ancient African population fourteen centuries ago, an African glider-plan 2,300 years old, a probe by microwave beams of an American radar satellite beneath the sands of the Sahara, revealing cultures 200,000 years old and the traces of ancient rivers running from this African center. Some of these buried stream valleys seem to be ‘ancient connections to the Upper Nile tributaries,’ towards which blacks migrated, later peopling Nubia and Egypt.”

Source: Dr. Ivan Van Sertima. Blacks In Science: Ancient and Modern. pg. 5. 1983.


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