Divers discover the first American mines and skeletons in underwater caves


Experts and cave divers in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula have found ocher mines that are among the oldest on the continent. Ancient skeletons have been found in the narrow and tortuous labyrinths of the now submerged chasm caves.Since skeleton remains like “Naia,“A young woman who died 13,000 years ago has been found over the past 15 years, archaeologists have wondered how they ended up in the caves then dry. About 8,000 years ago, sea level rise flooded the caves, called cenotes, around the Caribbean Coast Resort of Tulum.

Did these early inhabitants fall or did they intentionally descend to seek shelter, food or water? Nine sets of human skeletal remains have been found in the underwater caves, the passages of which can be barely large enough to sneak in.

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Posted by Quintana Roo AC Aquifer System Research Center on Friday, July 3, 2020

Recent discoveries of about 900 meters of ocher mines suggest that they may have had a more powerful attraction. The discovery of remains of human-made fires, stacked debris, simple stone tools, aids to navigation and excavation sites suggests that humans entered the caves about 10,000 to 12,000 years, in search of red ocher rich in iron, which the first peoples of the Americas appreciated. for decoration and rituals.


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