June 25th, 2009 - 6:04 pm
Havana, June 25 (IANS) Cuban archaeologists are studying the strange
drawings found in caves in eastern Cuba, Prensa Latina reported.
The petroglyphs, discovered in the Sierra del Rosario reserve located in
Pinar del Rio province, have now motivated large-scale research in the
area to establish the origin of the asymmetric carvings in the stalagmites.
According to Cuba's renowned historian Luis Formigo, the carvings were
made by pre-tribal aboriginal people who also carved stone to make fire,
track time and follow the course of events between the years 5,000 and
The Cuban Anthropology Institute called the 2 cm X 7 cm discovery as
extraordinary and linked it to the Banwari-Trace tradition of Trinidad,
East Caribbean, leading cave stone carving sites in the area.
The discoveries include caves used for housing and others used for
ceremonies, plus several others considered graveyards, Formigo said.
In La Lechuza, one of the largest caves, food remains, tools and pieces
of human skeletons were also found.
Rare petroglyphs found in Cuban caves (29 June 2009)