Important archaeological discoveries in New Mexico

Important archaeological discoveries in New Mexico


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In 2000, the archaeologist Robert Dello-Russo was hired by the Center for Energy, Research and Materials Testing (EMERTC for its acronym in English) to work for the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology to analyze the land where they planned to build an explosives research center.

They wanted to make sure that there were no archaeological remains to prevent it since the area was infested with them. When Dello-Russo started investigating he found much more than he originally expected.

A large number of samples dating back to the Holocene period were discovered, which increased the suspicions that they were with a place that could be full of archaeological remains. A Paleo-Indian water gorge and other important places were found, revealing that this place was populated by hominids or humans thousands of years ago.

They also found remains of large woolly bison, which populated the southwestern United States for thousands of years. These animals were a clear target for hunters who lived in this area between 9,000 and 13,000 years and were hunted by hunters for a long time as well, leaving remains that were discovered in this area.

With the many investigations that have been carried out since 2000 by both Dello-Russo and his colleagues in the field, he has returned to this place on many occasions to continue studying it and more and more evidence has been found.

Among these evidences it stands out that This place was populated by the first known humans, the Paleo-Indians, predating the Native Americans, showing that they were hunters, which is why remains of weapons and utensils have been found that may have been used to hunt.

What is not known, at least until now, is how many generations of hunters were there during this period. Different chronological comparisons have been made and it is estimated that they traveled these landscapes between 12,000 and 8,000 years before the appearance of the first Native American Indians, although more research is needed to obtain more accurate figures.

In addition to being able to learn more about human evolution, you can also also know how the bison evolved, but for this you have to carry out much more research that will last over time, but that will bring a lot of information that will be very useful to learn more about the past of this area.

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