Archaeologists conclude research on EARTH campus with significant findings

Filed Under: EARTH News
Date: February 29th, 2012

An international team of archeologists ended a six-week excavation this past weekend after making significant new discoveries at the Las Mercedes archeological site located on the EARTH University campus in Guácimo. The findings provide new insight into the indigenous populations that inhabited the Limón province more than 1,000 years ago.

During their third excavation, the team of archeologists from the University at Albany-State University of New York and the Costa Rican National Museum confirmed a theory that the Las Mercedes site was a center of religious and political power during the Pre-Columbian era. Among the artifacts found was a Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican stone statue known as a chac-mool in perfect condition.

The artifacts found during this excavation will be transported and exhibited at the National Museum of Costa Rica. For images of the findings and a site map, view the article in the Costa Rican daily newspaper La Nación at:
http://www.nacion.com/2012-02-26/AldeaGlobal/Las-Mercedes–hogar-de–pobladores-ancestrales.aspx#.