Traces of the Saladoid culture found on the Caribbean island of Santo Tomás

Traces of the Saladoid culture found on the Caribbean island of Santo Tomás

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In the island of Santo Tomás, in the US territory of the Caribbean known as the Virgin Islands, a multitude of vestiges dated between 200 BC. and 400 A.D., belonging to the salty culture, an unknown people that inhabited the Lesser Antilles some 2,400 years. The fortuitous discoveries have been revealed during the renovation of a freeway in the center of the city of Charlotte Amelie.

The archaeologist of the Michigan University David Hayes has been in charge, along with a large team, to extract and analyze the pieces of pottery, animal bones, beads made with shells, faces carved in clay and other elements that have been appearing after the works were interrupted to prospect and recover the site.

«It is an exceptional find, very rich»As the archaeologist has stated. In addition to few vestiges of this culture existNormally, in this class of sites there are material evidences of different cultures, a sample of the reuse of the same settlement by different peoples, while this one of Santo Tomás it was closed around 50 AD. not to be used again, for reasons still unknown.

The work of extracting the remains is not being easy, given that temperatures on the island reach 31ºC, with occasional short but intense storms that can annoy the process. The objective is to extract and identify all possible objects before the deadline, February 7, when it is expected that water destroy site, Y digitize those that cannot be extracted for later analysis. That said, a pharaonic work since, only the pieces of ceramic are counted by thousands till the date.

The carbon 14 analysis They will serve to confirm the dates of the objects and bones, and once the study process is finished, they are intended to be exhibited in a local museum.

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