• Short Summary

    ARCHAEOLOGISTS WORKING NEAR GUAYAQUIL, THE MAIN PORT OF ECUADOR, HAVE UNEARTHED AN IMPORTANT ANCIENT BURIAL GROUND.

  • Description

    ARCHAEOLOGISTS WORKING NEAR GUAYAQUIL, THE MAIN PORT OF ECUADOR, HAVE UNEARTHED AN IMPORTANT ANCIENT BURIAL GROUND.

    PROFESSOR ZAVALLOS MENENDEZ OF GUAYAQUIL UNIVERSITY AND HIS TEAM HAVE DIVIDED THE SITE INTO STRIPS AND CAREFULLY REMOVED THE TOP LAYER OF SOIL. BENEATH IS A LAYER OF WHITE CALCIFIED SUBSOIL, MADE UP OF THE REMAINS OF MILLIONS OF TINY MOLLUSCS.

    HERE THE REALLY DELICATE WORK STARTS. THE ARCHAEOLOGISTS USE FINE BRUSHES TO DUST AWAY THE POWDER, UNTIL DARK STAINS APPEAR TO SHOW WHERE A GRAVE HAS BEEN DUG.

    THEN, EXCAVATING WITH MINUTE CARE, THE TOMBS ARE REVEALED. SKELETONS HAVE BEEN FOUND STRETCHED OUT ON THEIR BACKS, SURROUNDED BY THE REMAINS OF HUMAN SACRIFICES AND THE ARTIFACTS THAT WERE MEANT TO ACCOMPANY THEM ON THEIR JOURNEYS INTO ETERNITY - TERRACOTTA CONTAINERS WITH EXOTIC DESIGNS AND INTRICATELY CARVED ORNAMENTS OF BONE AND MOTHER-OF-PEARL. THERE ARE ALSO COPPER COINS, AND TWEEZERS USED BY MEN TO PLUCK HAIRS FROM THEIR BEARDS.

    THE PEOPLE BURIED HERE WERE MEMBERS OF AN AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITY THAT LIVED IN ECUADOR AROUND 500 AD.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADK3QIMH7R7XAXTLBZUE7DW5WN
    Media URN:
    VLVADK3QIMH7R7XAXTLBZUE7DW5WN
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/02/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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