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Cuban experts discover new archaeological sites in a large wetland


CIENAGA DE ZAPATA, Cuba, Sep 4 (ACN) New archaeological sites recently discovered in the Zapata Swamp, Matanzas (western Cuba), recognized as the largest and best-preserved wetland in the insular Caribbean, have revealed information about the life of the natives.

Fishing tools, knives, firing pins, fossil snails, human bone material and other pieces related to the ancient native inhabitants were found in areas near the communities of Playa Giron and Caleton, and on the coast of the Bay of Pigs.
Eduardo Abreu Guerra, expert who is in charge of the administration of the system belonging to the Zapata Swamp Biosphere Reserve, exclusively told the Cuban News Agency that most of the findings are located in that area of flooded caves, with a total extension of 70 kilometers.
The discoveries took place this year during the isolation stage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, while a team of specialists made a survey of the 37 archaeological sites known so far in Zapata Swamp National Park.
Zapata's system is a protected area that hosts the largest number of flooded caves in Cuba, including 10,000 hectares of land area and 4,000 of marine area, an ideal space for the practice of contemplative diving and spelunking-diving.

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