An archaeological site was discovered by workers at the new hydrological project at the Reventazón River in the Caribbean Region of Costa Rica.
The new site has reported 66 settlements in 1,018 Ha2 (Square hectares. 2,515 Acres) in the Canton of Siquirres, on the Caribbean Region. An according to radiodating carbon, the items are 12,200 years old.
Paleo-Indian Time in Costa Rica
Historically speaking Costa Rica has a most interesting position, being in the center of the Americas and surrounded by two oceans. And this discovery is actually located, in time in the Paleo-Indian time (That goes from 15,500 to 7000 B.C.) This era marks the first know inhabitation by humans (Homo sapiens) of what later became the American continent, a time in history when we find the colossal animals like the American Mastodont or the Giant Sloths.
The dating of the items (Mainly clay and stone) represent the oldest find in Central America up to date
Ways of Life
Archaeologists have identified and recovered foundations of dwellings, stone tools, cooking utensils, petroglyphs, pottery, artifacts used in human burials, and even stone roads and settlements.
Tools used for carving, hunting and gathering were also discovered, and items indicating that humans at the ancient settlements may have even engaged in small-scale farming were also found.
Transfer for protection
Most of the items will transfer to the Department for Protection of Cultural Heritage at Costa Rica’s National Museum, though some items that due to their size or weight cannot be transported will stay in place to be located in a cultural center that will be built on the premises of the future hydroelectric plant.