8,000-year-old human skeleton left over from last Ice Age discovered in cave


A prehistoric human skeleton has been found in a cave system flooded at the end of the last ice age 8,000 years ago.
A cave-diving archaeologist on Mexico’s Caribbean coast has discovered a prehistoric human skeleton in a tunnel network that was submerged 8,000 years ago at the conclusion of the last ice period.
The fractured head and partially covered skeleton, according to Octavio del Rio and colleague diver Peter Broger, were discovered in a cave close to where the Mexican government intends to construct a high-speed tourist railway through the jungle.
‘There it is. We don’t know if the body was deposited there or if that was where this person died,’ said Mr del Rio.
He said the skeleton was located about eight meters (26 feet) underwater, about one third of a mile into the cave system.
A cave-diving archaeologist on Mexico’s Caribbean coast has discovered a prehistoric human skeleton in a tunnel network that was submerged 8,000 years ago at the conclusion of the last ice period.
The fractured head and partially covered skeleton, according to Octavio del Rio and colleague diver Peter Broger, were discovered in a cave close to where the Mexican government intends to construct a high-speed tourist railway through the jungle.

 

When asked if it planned to visit the location, the institute did not react right away.
However, Mr. del Rio claimed on Tuesday that Holocene Archaeology Project in Quintana Roo state of the institution, led by institute archaeologist Carmen Rojas, informed him that the site is registered and will be studied.
According to Del Rio, who was alluding to the time period when the caverns were flooded by rising sea levels, the skeleton must be older than 8,000 years old given the distance from the cave mouth.
“I see it now. Del Rio stated, “We don’t know if the body was buried there or if that’s where this guy passed away.
A third of a mile into the cave system, he claimed, the skeleton was found around 26 feet submerged.
The sinkhole caves known as cenotes on the country’s Caribbean coast are where some of the earliest human remains in North America have been found, and experts warn some of those caves are threatened by the Mexican government’s Maya Train tourism project.
Del Rio, who has previously collaborated on projects with the National Institute of Anthropology and History, claimed to have informed the organization about the discovery.
When asked if it planned to visit the location, the institute did not react right away.
Del Rio, meanwhile, asserted on Tuesday that Holocene Archaeology Project of the institute’s Quintana Roo state department told him the site is registered and will be studied.
He claimed the cave, whose location he withheld for fear of it being stolen or disturbed, was close to where the government had cleared land for railroad tracks and might be damaged by the construction work or blocked off by following development.
Del Rio noted that “dating, some kind of photographic studies, and some collection” would be required to precisely identify how old the bone is, adding that “there is a lot more work that has to be done in order to appropriately understand” the discovery.
Del Rio has been investigating the area for three decades, and in 2002 he took part in the finding and cataloging of the nearly entire skeleton of a young lady who perished about 13,000 years ago, known as The Woman of Naharon. She may have perished at the same time as Naia or perhaps earlier.
It was found in a nearby network of caves in 2007.
Despite opposition from environmentalists, cave divers, and archaeologists, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is rushing to complete his Maya Train project in the final two years of his administration.
They claim his rashness will leave little time to examine the prehistoric remains.
The hefty, high-speed rail project, according to activists, will splinter the coastal jungle and frequently pass over the delicate limestone caverns, which can take decades to explore since they are flooded, winding, and frequently exceedingly narrow.

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