Cuban Natives Brought Jade from Guatemala

Havana (Prensa Latina) - The Cuban aboriginal Tainos used jade probably introduced from Guatemala, as the geological record in eastern Cuba and the Dominican Republic show, Antonio Garcia Casco, of the University of Granada, Spain, stated. The professor, of the Department of Mineralogy and Petrology of that institution, has studied the geological traces showing the exchange of Taino peoples with the mainland for several years.

The evidence found up to now deny the image we have of these pre-Columbian peoples, as minor cultures, said Casco who works together with Reinier Rodriguez Ramos, an archaeologist at the University of Puerto Rico, Corinne Hofman, of the University of Leiden, in Netherlands, and experts from the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

The paper "Revealing the pre-Columbian routes of jade in the Caribbean: a case study in the forensic geology with geological and anthropological implications" was presented by Casco during the 5th Convention on Earth Sciences, Geociencia 2013.

As of year 400 B.C., Araucanian people came and brought ceramics using the Guatemalan jade, Casco said.

Source: Prensa Latina

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