Saturday, March 14, 2009

Paraguay: Archeologists discover 5000 year old human body

The remains of a man that may have died around 5000 years ago has been unearthed in Paraguay according to the charity that fights for the rights of indigenous tribes, Survival International. These are the oldest human remains ever discovered in the South American nation.
The discovery was made on the traditional lands of the Pai Tavytera Indians, a sub-group of the Guarani tribe who were dominant in Paraguay prior to European settlement. Details of the find have not yet been released but archeologists have commented that the discovery was made during a project carried out in joint co-operation with the local traditional land owners. The researchers behind the find plan to reveal more information regarding the body during an upcoming archealogical convention.
The Guarani are a forest tribe best known for their elaborate ceremonial headdresses involving colorful feathers. They are a minority in Paraguay now however their legacy lives on in over 90% of the country’s population who still speak the Guarani language along with Spanish. Most Paraguayans are of mixed Amerindian and European ancestry and many are of Guaraní heritage. Traditional Guarani still live in the forested areas bordering with Brazil.


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