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"No wife, no children, just the silence, God, and the ruins." Where others see only sand and scrub, Sarianidi has turned up the remnants of a wealthy town protected by high walls and battlements.This barren place, a site called Gonur, was once the heart of a vast archipelago of settlements that stretched across 1,000 square miles of Central Asian plains.The literature contains hundreds of detailed studies of each culture.But an overall view, showing that many of them coexisted in time, is lacking. It also provides links to detailed articles about each of the civilizations.Evidence of modern man's migration out of the African continent has been documented in Australia and Central Asia at 50,000 years and in Europe at 40,000 years.
[Gallery: See Images of the Newly Found Tomb] Newly discovered pyramid The chambers that the archaeologists uncovered would have originally resided beneath the surface, leaving only the steep-sided pyramid visible.
The findings are significant because they suggest that humans inhabited North America well before the last ice age more than 20,000 years ago, a potentially explosive revelation in American archaeology.
Goodyear, who has garnered international attention for his discoveries of tools that pre-date what is believed to be humans' arrival in North America, announced the test results, which were done by the University of California at Irvine Laboratory, Wednesday (Nov .17).
Dating methods for the discoveries were initially crude, based on location within the layers.
In 1949 Radio Carbon dating was developed allowing the age of bones or organic artifacts to be determined accurately.
"The dates could actually be older," Goodyear says.