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Mining companies devastate nine archaeological sites in Chihuahua

Published by MAC on 2005-03-12

Mining companies devastate nine archaeological sites in Chihuahua

March 12 2005

La Jornada (México)

Operations of mining companies Minas de la Alta Pimería SA and Glamis Gold, at the gold mine El Sauzal, in the municipality of Uríque, Chihuahua have caused the destruction of archaeological sites of the Tubares culture.

A study undertaken at the El Sauzal mine allowed archaeologist Enrique Chacón to identify elements that belonged to the Tubares culture, which exisited prior to the Tarahumaras.

The Archaeological Rescue Project, developed by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) confirmed that sites located in lands of the mine were destroyed.

Elsa Rodriguez García, from the INAH Center Chihuahua, explained that "the operation at El Sauzal is an open cut mine, and this technique requires the removal of everything from the surface down. We are speaking of nine invaluable sites that have already destroyed".

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