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Brazilian road construction unearths 60 new sites

Road construction near Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, has uncovered nearly 60 overlapping archaeological sites, some of which date back 6,000 years.

The archeologists unearthed very old vestiges such as “sambaquis” (shell mounds) of the various population groups who were scattered along the coast of the Americas 8,000 to 6,000 years ago, 2,000-year-old burial urns and ceramic pipes of Tupi-Guarani indigenous people as well as 19th century European crockery.

“The relics pointed to overlapping habitation. This shows that the European settlers occupied the same areas as the indigenous people. They thought that since people lived there, the land had to be good. They just seized indigenous lands and settled there,” she added.

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Story: AFP | Photo: AFP

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