(ORDO NEWS) — Archaeologists from Colombia excavated an ancient temple and discovered eight ancient clay jugs containing emeralds and metal figurines. The artifacts are believed to be 600 years old. They were found on one of the monuments that belongs to the Chibcha civilization. It is she who is directly related to the popular legend of the golden city of El Dorado.
It is reported by Live Science.
The Chibcha civilization included several tribes. They were engaged in agriculture and grew a huge number of various plants. They also planted tobacco and coca, which later began to be used for ritual purposes. The Indians did not livestock and the only pets were dogs. In this regard, the tribes also hunted and fished.
Chibcha became famous for having a fairly high level of development of crafts. The civilization has achieved particular success in jewelry. They were very good at metalworking and made a wide variety of products. The Chibcha religion was based on the cult of the sun and the moon, so they made numerous figures of pure gold and other jewelry as donations. Such rituals, perhaps, became the reason for the emergence of the legend of El Dorado.
Francisco Correa, together with his colleagues, carefully studied the remains of the temple and discovered artifacts, which are called ofrendatarios. Some of the figurines found inside resembled snakes and other animals in appearance, while others were anthropomorphic. Scientists suggest that this temple was used by representatives of the Chibcha civilization to worship their ancestors.
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