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Prehistoric rock art site discovered in Alagoas

An archaeological site was found in the Jeripankó indigenous village, in the municipality of Pariconha, in Alagoas, during an operation carried out this Tuesday (22) for preventive inspection of the São Francisco River Basin.

The operation was a task force of the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN) in partnership with the Federal Public Ministry (MPF), State Public Ministry (MPE) and 20 other bodies that defend environmental preservation.

The Institute’s archaeologist, Rute Barbosa, explained that the site is, in fact, a well-preserved panel of cave paintings, with geometric figures, which refers to the first inhabitants of the hinterland. “The site reinforces the region’s importance and potential for scientific knowledge of the prehistory of northeastern Brazil,” she explains.

The prehistoric finds were initially discovered by the indigenous people of the region, who notified the inspection teams. The site has not yet been registered in the IPHAN database.

In addition to this discovery, IPHAN reported that 18 archaeological sites of extreme relevance to the national territory have already been found in the same region of the São Francisco River. According to the Institute itself, sites where traces of human occupation are found are considered archaeological sites.

The largest archaeological site in Brazil is located in the Serra da Capivara National Park, in Piauí. The park is home to the largest number of cave paintings in the world. Artifacts from Serra da Capivara show traces of man 50,000 years ago – the oldest records in Latin America – according to the Instituto Socioambiental.

* Under the supervision of Giulia Alecrim

Source: CNN Brasil

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