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7,000-year-old settlement found in Trinidad

7,000-year-old evidence of people living in Trinidad has been found at a site in South Oropouche.

The pestle, he said, was probably used to pulverise edible roots, palm starch and seeds and may also have been used to pulverise red ochre, a mineral oxide which is naturally occurring at St John’s, to be used as body paint during rituals.

Also found were crab claws, oysters, nerite shells and bird and mammal bones which give insight into the diet of the people.

The team of UWI students also unearthed a sandstone adze (a tool used for smoothing rough wood), quartz and flint stone flakes and red ochre. Some of the stone flakes may have been used by the Ortoiroid natives as scrapers for food preparation, such as scaling fish, prying meat from shells and removing the hides of animals they ate-tree rats, red howler monkeys, pacas (large rodent), agoutis, red brockets (deer) and collared peccaries (pig-like animal).

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