HAVANA, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Cuba on Tuesday announced the discovery
of 2,000-year-old human bones and pottery-work belonging to an
indigenous people who lived on the Caribbean island.
Local scientists said the remains -- from the Siboney tribe that inhabited
Cuba until the 16th-century Spanish Conquest -- were uncovered by
erosion and rock movements at a former burial site in the central highland
region, Jibacoa valley.
"Fragments of ceramic also appeared, showing the level of development
achieved by these native inhabitants of the Jibacoa valley more than 2,000
years ago," said a report in Cuba's official daily newspaper Granma.
The location of the remains implied there had been floods during that era,
the inhabitants had to climb the mountain-sides to carry out the burials,"
Scientists made the discovery during a major search of the zone intended
shed more light on the island's indigenous past. No other details of the find
The Spanish Conquest ravaged Cuba's native population through war and
disease. Few direct descendants of Indian tribes remain in Cuba, where
most of the 11 million inhabitants are of European or African descent.
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