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Archaeological remains of another child found in Las Cuevas more than 5700 years old

He was found on the same site as the other child discovered in 2015.

Hallaron restos arqueológicos de otro niño en Las Cuevas de más de 5700 años de antigüedad

Members of the Paleo-Human Ecology Laboratory of the Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences of the National University of Cuyo (UNCuyo) and the Conicet found children's remains at the  archaeological site. oacute; gico  de Las Cuevas, near the border village and mountain range of the same name where is the International Cristo Redeemer Tunnel that links our country with Chile.In the same place, appeared in 2015 the so-called “Niño de las Cuevas”, 5,750 years old, and according to the report Alejandra Gasco, co-director of the archaeological team of the Human Paleoecology Laboratory (LPEH) of the Human Paleoecology Laboratory (LPEH)  Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences of UNCuyo , noted that a new infant appeared on the same archaeological site in which was discovered in 2015 the “Ni& ntilde; or from the Caves”. “It is truly shocking that two burials appeared on the same site, about one and a half meters away from each other,” the archaeologist recounted.Scientists worked on the site since December 10, when they came to the place to reopen the excavation of previous years. They first cleared the vegetation area and mounted the grid to start digging, and a few days after closing it and ending the campaign, they were amazed by the discovery, which was totally out of their predictions.

When asked about how the finding occurred, Gasco explained: “We were looking for the sterile level of the excavation, because we were already at the same depth of the funeral of 2015, where we found the other child, when a particular feature appeared: a good circle defined that it had carbonous sediment, very different from the rest of the plant, which has a reddish clay sediment.” “It was initially thought that it was part of a combustion structure (a stove) and work was started differently than on the rest of the digging grid. They reached to extract a couple of centimeters with a brush and fragments of the jaw appeared there: that gave us the pattern that we were facing the remains of an infant. We then gave notice to bioanthropologist Paula Novellino (Museo Cornelio Moyano- CONICET ), who gave us the ok to continue clearing the burial”, With regard to the antiquity of the new infant, researchers estimate that he could be a contemporary of the former  child , given the depth at which it was found. In addition, depending on the size of the new skeleton, it is assumed that it would be smaller than the first “Niño de Las Cuevas” .The anthropologist Victor Durán, director of the research project and the LPEH, recalled that the 2015 finding “had a great impact at the median level. and also in the field of research. Also surprised was the result of the radiocarbonic dating that was made on a fragment of one of its bones using AMS. The date obtained gives this individual an antiquity of 5750 years. It is the oldest in the province of Mendoza.”

Source: Telam

Publication Date: 30/12/2018

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