Los Buchillones Archaeological Site Declared a National Monument
Saturday, 19 November 2011
The Los Buchillones Archaeological Site was declared a National Monument on Thursday, because of the importance of the findings of the remains of a Taino village. The site raises new questions about the lives of aboriginal people in Cuba and the Caribbean

CIEGO DE AVILA.— The Los Buchillones Archaeological Site was declared a National Monument on Thursday, because of the importance of the findings of the remains of a Taino village. The site raises new questions about the lives of aboriginal people in Cuba and the Caribbean.

Adrian Garcia, director of the Office of Monuments, Sites and Historical Centers from the Provincial Heritage Department of Ciego de Avila, said that in the area numerous wooden and clay objects were found, as well as six houses, something unprecedented in the archaeology of Cuba.

The new category granted to Los Buchillones recognizes the years of work of Dr. Jorge A. Calvera, general coordinator of the explorations, along with Cuban and foreign researchers belonging to the Center-Easter Archaeology Department of Holguin and the British universities of Leicester and the College of London.

According to the province’s heritage documents, the archaeological site of Los Buchillones are superior in number to the total of findings in Cuba and in El Manantial, one of the largest archaeological sites of the Caribbean, in Dominican Republic.

The Los Buchillones Archaeological Site is located in the northern region of the province of Ciego de Avila. This province has already been awarded two other National Monument titles, one for the forts of the Jucaro-Moron Path and the other for the town near the Cunagua sugar mill.
 
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