(ORDO NEWS) — During excavations in Colombia, archaeologists discovered eight pottery jugs that were filled with emeralds and a variety of metal figurines. Experts suggest that these artifacts once belonged to the Muisca civilization. It existed literally 600 years ago.
It is reported by Live Science.
An unusual find was made near Bogotá. The Muisca civilization was known for skillfully processing metal, so many were convinced that the mythical city of gold, El Dorado, belonged to her. The researchers also managed to find ancient graves and the remains of the temple. Among the artifacts there are also jugs called ofrendatarios.
Scientists are sure that such a find may be directly related to the city of Eldorado, about which there are numerous legends to this day. In this case, the only drawback is that the age of the finds does not match. In addition, the gilded figurines used during religious ceremonies appeared to be made of gold without any impurities.
The ancient people had another very interesting tradition. When very important ceremonies were held, a special ointment with particles of gold was used, which was applied to the body of the leader. It was this ceremony that was used as the basis for the myth of the golden city of El Dorado.
The region was conquered by the Spaniards in 1537-1540. Most of the Muisca died due to various diseases and directly during the fighting. Despite all this, their descendants exist to this day.
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