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Ancient Mexican beach rock carvings to open to public

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Las Labradas:A group of volcanic stones with cave engravings in Sinaloa, Mexico.Photo: AFP
Las Labradas:A group of volcanic stones with cave engravings in Sinaloa, Mexico.Photo: AFP

Thousands of years ago, long before Spanish conquistadores raided Mexico, ancient people carved circles, spirals and drawings of bow hunters into volcanic rocks dotting a Pacific beach.

Starting next year, the National Anthropology and History Institute plans to open up the beach to the public, giving visitors a chance to see crabs crawling and waves splashing on the ancient carvings in the state of Sinaloa.

Significance

The site, called Las Labradas, contains around 640 rocks with carvings made at least 4,000 years ago along a 340-meter long stretch of beach, near the northwestern city of Mazatlan. The site is protected by government decree.

Of Archaic period

Archeological digs in the area found projectiles and blades that are linked to the Archaic Period, an era of hunters and gatherers thousands of years ago.

Talks about locals

Though the carvings are difficult to date more precisely, Joel Santos Ramirez, an institute researcher who led an investigation into the carvings, said they could give indications of how ancient people in that region saw the world.

These people, Ramirez said, treated the beach like a sanctuary. They did not reside there because of the scorching heat and lack of fresh water sources.AFP

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