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Mass grave unearthed in Bolivia

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A mass grave containing the remains of hundreds of people, likely indigenous miners, who dies during the Spanish colonial era.

“We are talking about a common grave found at about 1.8 meters (5.9 feet), and the human remains are scattered over an area of four by four meters,” said Sergio Fidel, a researcher at a museum belonging to Tomas Frias University.

In the Spanish colonial era, Potosi became famous for its massive silver and tin reserves, which started to be mined in the 16th century.

Local indigenous people, mainly ethnic Aymara, were commonly put to work as both slaves and indentured servants, especially at the famed Cerro Rico (Rich Hill) mountain.

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Story: AFP | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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