Ancient Burial Ground Found During Costa Rica Roadworks

A pre-Hispanic burial ground with tombs, clay pots and gold bird-shaped earring have been found during roadworks in Costa Rica.

The archaelogogical discovery took place near the central Costa Rican capital San Jose on 12th October.

During road construction works that began at the end of May, builders found an artefact in the soil and informed the National Museum of Costa Rica.

A specialist team identified two archaeological sites in the area, the first being a road that was probably built by a landowner for transporting goods.

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The excavating site on a side of a Costa Rican road where four pre-Columbian tombs were discovered

In a second zone, experts found four tombs, two clay pots, and a gold bird-shaped earring.

Archaeologist Magdalena Leon explained that the sites appear to have evidence of several different occupations by as yet unidentified pre-Hispanic civilisations.

Leon added: “That is why the excavation needs to be organised meticulously and carefully so we can identify those different periods well.”

Environmental supervisor Alejandro Araya said: “The construction company will be able to resume works once the National Archaeological Commission lifts the temporary suspension of all sites under study.”

All artefacts are reportedly in their final analysis stage with the results expected to be announced soon.


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