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    The ancient cemetery was found next to a baseball stadium. | Photo: AFP

Published 21 June 2017

Experts will analyze the ancient discovery in hopes of learning more about the lives of pre-Hispanic villagers in Managua.

A 1,200-year-old archaeological site was found west of the Nicaraguan capital of Managua at the site of a pre-Colombian cemetery, researchers announced Tuesday.

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The site was found in the area where the new National Baseball Stadium stands and contained pottery, vestiges of burials, ceramic funerary urns, as well as human remains and bones, according to the experts.

The materials found by workers who were installing the stadium's electric system "correspond to a funerary complex 800 to 350 years after Christ," said the director of Archeology of the Nicaraguan Institute of Culture, Ivonne Miranda.

Objects dating from the same period have also been found in the cities of Masaya and Granada in the southeast and Rivas in the south, Miranda said.

"This allows us to understand a little better how the dispersion of these materials in the same space of time ... and try to rescue the cultural identity of the old settlers of Managua," Miranda said.

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The archaeological discovery also "helps us to know about the behavior of our pre-Hispanic societies," Miranda said, adding that the archaeological pieces will be transferred to the National Palace of Culture for laboratory analysis.

Miranda leads the study of the vessels, together with the Archaeological Center of Documentation of the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua and the Municipality of Managua.

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