Eight new archaeological sites discovered in Mexico
|INAH specialists located eight archaeological sites in the High Sierra, south of Mexicali, Baja California [Credit: Antonio Porcayo/INAH]|
“The Cucapa are one of the four Yumanan ethnic groups originating from Baja California, a region where they have inhabited for at least 2,000 years, according to their linguistic roots”.
|The experts reveal the rich archaeological cucupá ancient culture and the first hunter-gatherer-fishers who inhabited this mountain [Credit: Antonio Porcayo/INAH]|
After an analysis in situ, archaeologists proved that certain sites —where the reddish dirt was obtained— had visible trails of the pre Historic activity involved in the extraction of the clay. Porcayo Michelini explained that there are more sites in other parts of the peninsula of Baja California, but this is the first to have been discovered in Sierra Mayor Cucapa.
|Excavation of a rock-shelter [Credit: Antonio Porcayo/INAH]|
Every campsite has about five or seven corralitos, which indicates that there were several families living here in a temporary manner, explained Porcayo after emphasizing the fact that two corralitos had hundreds of animal bones consumed as food, some have traces of dismantling cuts, a minority were worked on, and others were used as prime material for tools.
|Iron oxide paint [Credit: Antonio Porcayo/INAH]|
The specialist added that amongst the fauna identified by archaeologist-zoologist Andrea Guía Ramírez, the most common are birds.
|Spear shaft straightener with an X as a mark of ownership [Credit: Antonio Porcayo/INAH]|
Source: INAH via Art Daily [May 29, 2013]