Scientists find something mysterious and incredible in these Caribbean caves
A mysterious pre-columbian cave art found on a remote uninhabited Caribbean island is giving researchers a glimpse into the world of a forgotten civilization.
A paper published in the Journal of Archaeological Science depicts what archeologists saw when they explored roughly 70 cave systems on Puerto Rico’s Mona island.
The art ranges from human drawings to animals and “meandering” designs that were painted, drawn, or scratched into the cave walls.
Curator of the America’s at The British Museum, Dr. Jago Cooper says, “Most of the work we have identified in this scientific study is done during an intense period of indigenous activity in the caves between AD1200 and European arrival after AD1492.”
Because of the European raids, most of the indigenous population either fled the island or died by the end of the 16th century according to Fox News.
Cooper also told Fox that the tribe's leaders likely snorted a hallucinogenic drug called Cohoba which may have influenced their art.
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