Archaeologists during an expedition in South Africa discovered a bed with remnants of camphor in the Border Cave, which was used by ancient people to scare away mosquitoes during sleep. The bed found by scientists was formed from plants using ash.
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Camphor is used by modern African people to prevent insect bites at night, as did their ancient ancestors. The bed was found in the depths of the Pogranichnaya cave, which is an anthropological monument and is located near the border of South Africa and Swaziland. The bed is a bedding, for the formation of which various large plants were used, as well as ash obtained by burning pieces of wood. Scientists have concluded that ancient people sought to ensure a restful sleep by using camphor.
Earlier, the most ancient bed in the world was considered a bed, for the creation of which they used branches of ash, ash and sedge. This bed was discovered by archaeologists in Sibudu Cave in South Africa. Then a group of anthropologists, through special analysis, determined that it was built about 77 thousand years ago.