An ancient skull believed to be at least 28,000 years old was handed back to Ecuador on Tuesday (June 19) after being thoroughly examined and tested in Britain.
An ancient skull believed to be at least 28,000 years old was handed back to Ecuador on Tuesday (June 19) after being thoroughly examined and tested in Britain. Dr. David Davies, a British anthropologist spotted the skull on the shelf of a small museum in Quito more than two years ago.
Helped by Ecuadorian colleagues, Dr. Davies traced the skull's recent history and found the site where it was first discovered. He obtained permission to bring it to England and tests showed the skull was about 20,000 years older than any other human remains found in the Americas.
A reconstruction of events indicates the skull's owner died in his late twenties in a volcanic eruption. The skull was found in forth Ecuador, but Dr. Davies is refusing to name the exact location of the find to avoid the site being overrun by other archaeological teams.
The skull was handed back to officials of the National Polytechnic in Quito, in a ceremony at the British Embassy in Quito. The British Ambassador, Mr. Peter Mennell thanked the Ecuadorian authorities for loaning the remains and stressed their importance to archaeological research.
SYNOPSIS: An ancient skull was handed back to Ecuadorian authorities in a ceremony at the British Embassy in Quito last week. Tests in Britain had shown it was about twenty-eight thousand years old.
Britain's ambassador, Mr. Peter Mennell, thanked Ecuador for the loan and emphasised the skull's importance to archaeological research. It is part of the earliest known human remains found in the Americas.
The remains were spotted on a museum shelf by Dr. David Davies, a British anthropologist. He found where the skull was originally discovered, but refuses to divulge the exact location. Dr. Davies is concerned that other archaeologists may overrun his site.
The skull supports arguments that South American man developed in parallel with man in Africa and China.