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San Agustín and Tierradentro Colombia

by WCC on June 5, 2012

in South America

The region Tierradentro is located in an inaccessible part of the Colombian Central Cordilleras. Tierradentro is the traditional settlement area of the Paez Indians, who live from agriculture. In San Andres de Pisimbalá (in the neighboring valley of Inza) is the Parque Nacional de arqueológico Tierradentro one of the most important archaeological sites in Colombia. Since 1995, the park is on the UNESCO list of world heritage of mankind.

In Parque arqueológico to find the remains of the so-called Tierradentro culture. Little is known about this culture. Characteristic features are driven into the rock shaft tombs that are up to five meters deep. In the side niches of the grave chambers were up to 100 urns found. The walls of the best preserved chambers are decorated with geometric designs in white, black and red.

San Agustin

Under the name of St. Augustine is known in Colombia an important archaeological region, which were found several hundred sculptures monolithic , indicating that flourished there from remote times a culture, which is now under study by scientific missions to establish the origins and the peculiar features of this town. This culture was initiated from century to XXXIII. C. , in the seventh century. C. it is a culture that has developed considerably, depending on the timing of carbon 14 organic samples obtained recently associated with agriculture, ceramics, pottery, sculpture and art.

The marked differences between objects, clothing, apparel and stonework, seen in the sculptures, suggests that the cemetery of St. Augustine was a region where several South American ethnic groups, from distant places, bringing their dead to bury major, of which they form part the National Archaeological Park of Tierradentro and the Archaeological Park of San Agustin.

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