(ORDO NEWS) — Scientists at the Mexican National Institute of Anthropology and History reported the discovery at the construction site of the new Felipe Angeles International Airport in Mexico, the remains of 60 mammoths, as well as 15 human graves of the pre-Hispanic period.
“The discovery and restoration of skeletons of approximately 60 mammoths, as well as 15 pre-Hispanic human graves at the site of the construction of the General Felipe Angeles International Airport, will advance in understanding the evolution of the Mexico basin,” the Institute’s website said in a statement.
According to archaeologists, the found mammoth specimens belong to the species Mammuthus columbi, which inhabited North America during the Pleistocene, which ended 12 thousand years ago.
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Hallazgos en la obra del nuevo Aeropuerto Felipe Ángeles, correspondientes a alrededor de 60 mamuts y 15 enterramientos humanos, dan a los expertos una oportunidad sin precedentes para indagar en más de 30 mil años de historia. Hasta el momento, el INAH ha abierto 23 frentes de exploración en los terrenos donde se construye la instalación aeroportuaria, como parte de un proyecto de salvamento arqueológico y paleontológico, el cual se lleva a cabo con el respaldo logístico y financiero de la Sedena, y se desarrolla en apego a la legislación en la materia.
A few kilometers from the discovered remains in November, the first surviving mammoth trap was found that was 14.5 thousand years old, but in this case we are talking about the natural death of animals that probably drowned in marshy areas.
Human burials, also discovered by archaeologists, belonged to farmers who were buried near the settlement along with pots, bowls and clay figurines. Discovered ceramics indicates the age of the settlement, which was on this site in the VIII-X centuries of our era.
Scientists assure that the location of the excavations will not entail a redevelopment or cancellation of the construction of the airport, and also that the finds were made precisely thanks to ongoing work.
The plans of historians and the Ministry of Defense, which acts as a builder, include a part of archaeological finds in the museum-reserve on the territory of the airport complex.
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