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This is one of the most important anthropological discoveries of this 2020. The discovery was carried out by two young field collaborators of Dr. in History and Anthropologist Gisela Sario. One is a student of Anthropology and another of Tourism, however, they share the curiosity about the archaeological remains. This is why they often go to the banks of the San Roque Dam , taking advantage of the downhill of the lake, to look for elements such as arrowheads, ceramic remains, etc. Generally, the discoveries are destined for the Numba Charava Museum. With the intention of reconstructing identities and cultures of yesteryear.
But this day would surprise them with something else: the remains of a human skull. In the face of such surprise, the young people gave notice to Sario and the Museum's authorities. The next day several researchers went to the shores of the lake. Among them were Sebastian Pastor, Luis Tissera and Gisela Sario herself, to observe the discovery . “ Once we found the finding, I gave notice to the Directorate of Heritage of the Province of Córdoba, and they authorized me to carry out the rescue,” said the researcher.
The discovery was made in July, but only by September were the results of extensive research on the object. They were human remains of pre-Hispanic inhabitants who inhabited these lands before the arrival of the conquistadors. The remains belonged to two adults of whom the genus could not be identified , aged between 500 and 3000 years.
Extracting this type of historical findings is a work that requires incredible protocols: a false step could damage all the evidence . “ The human remains found were very fragmented by the same erosive processes of the place, which caused them to deteriorate. We had to be very careful in the rescue process so that they do not break,” explained Gisela.
“ The two adults found, of whom we could not identify the genus, were not in ballot boxes or had trousseware, but they did have associated lithic instruments, ceramic pieces, and in the second finding there were also the hands of conanas,” says the researcher . “ They were located in a ventral position, so we could not recover the entire skeletons. We found part of the skull, lower jaw, but the spine was gone. In the first find we found ribs. What we were able to recover are the lower limbs.” This adventure was the most fun episode of 2020. In the midst of a quarantine and a global pandemic, these kinds of findings enrich all humanity.
“ We found skulls, ribs, lower limbs like a femur, tibia, fibula and some teeth. We found no funeral urns, but there are other elements associated with a funeral ritual. We believe they belong to members of a food producing community and we do not rule out that they may be from different times. We found them in an area of great traffic for people on the coast of Carlos Paz in what was formerly one of the terraces located on the river that crossed the valley. The entire southern area of Punilla has archaeological sites of great value, but we had never found human remains,” says the researcher and anthropologist.
And at the service of the investigation. In the province of Córdoba, the human remains of pre-Hispanic populations are made available to one of the agencies of the Córdoba Cultura Agency . There they are in charge of specialists in Bioarchaeology and Bioanthropology , as an object of research to obtain new information.
While the news did not have great repercussions, we know that these kinds of discoveries enrich us on a universal level. For they are small but indispensable parts in our reconstruction of the history of mankind. That's why the San Roque Dike and these two students become heroes of the world.
Publication Date: 25/09/2020
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