Ancient Cemetery Discovered
The picturesque island of Ometepe in Nicaragua was formed by volcanoes, and its two volcanoes, Maderas and Concepcion, are popular tourist attractions for nature lovers. Today the area’s economy rests on tourism, livestock and agricultural industries, and its rich history helps the tourism industry to flourish. It is known that the very first inhabitants of Ometepe Island were a tribe of Indians from Mexico, the Nahua. The Niquirano are believed to have taken over where the Nahua left off, and remnants of their lives have been found across the island in the form of ceramic artefacts and monuments that were left behind for future generations to marvel at.
With many carved stone idols scattered at the feet of the Maderas Volcano, and various petroglyphs being uncovered, archaeologists have been able to get a glimpse into the lives of these ancient tribes. The island, however, had even more secrets to reveal, and it was during an intense rain shower that a new cemetery was discovered as the waters washed away its hiding place. This ancient cemetery has been the cause of great excitement and activity since it was found, as archaeologists have now been able to delve even deeper into the history of the island.
The gravesites are currently being protected by the police to guard against grave robbers, as the arrival of more archaeologists, who assist in the excavations and analysis of the bones and artefacts, is being awaited. It is estimated that the cemetery dates back to approximately 4 500 years ago, with pottery pieces and items found dating back to 2 500 years. Five human skeletons have been uncovered by the down pour, as well as an array of bone fragments. In addition to this magnificent discovery, UNESCO has acted quickly in regard to preserving the island and its heritage, listing the island of Ometepe on the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, on Wednesday, 2 June 2010. Once the team has been assembled to investigate the remains and mysteries this grave site holds, there is no doubt that the new cemetery will become one of the main attractions of the Ometepe Island.