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Ethiopia (10.21167 38.65212)
In 2019, archaeologists discovered a 30,000-year-old Middle-Stone Age rock shelter at the Fincha Habera site in the Bale Mountains of Ethiopia at an elevation of 3,469 metres above sea level. At this high altitude humans are susceptible both to hypoxia and to extreme weather. According to a study published in the journal Science, this dwelling is proof of the earliest permanent human occupation at high altitude yet discovered. Thousands of animal bones, hundreds of stone tools, and ancient fireplaces were discovered, revealing a diet that featured giant mole rats.
Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region (SNNPR), South Omo, Southern Nations, Ethiopia (6.03041 36.60585)
Coordinates: 6.01041 36.58585 6.05041 36.62585 - Minimum elevation: 1,553 m - Maximum elevation: 3,212 m - Average elevation: 2,355 m