Oldest cemetery of African slaves found in Canary Islands
An international team of investigators has confirmed that the unique cemetery discovered in 2009 in Santa Maria de Guia, in the Canary Islands was indeed the oldest cemetery of slaves on the Atlantic sea coast, dating to the 15th and 17th centuries.
|A team of investigators believe they have found the remains of the earliest victims of the slave trade, between Africa |
and Latin America, after a site was excavated in the Canary Islands in 2009 [Credit: EPA]
The cemetery was found near an ancient sugar plantation “with funerary practices that could be related to enslaved people,” as such practices had never been recorded on the islands before.
|The remains on the site are thought to date back to the 16th century and testing by research teams, from |
universities in Britain, Spain, Peru and the US, unlocked the identity of their origins [Credit: EPA]
Although researchers found many references to this reality, they still failed to find any evidence until now. But eight researchers from universities in Spain, the U.k., Peru and United States, along with the Tibicena archaeological company confirmed the existence of a slave cemetery, thanks to analysis of ancient DNA, stable isotopes, and skeletal markers of physical activity.
|DNA was extracted from the bones of the skeletons and revealed that the group was made up of a Canarian aboriginal |
woman, four black men and another six bodies belonging to native groups of Europe and Africa [Credit: EPA]
The team is now looking for funds so they can continue digging, as they expect much more than 14 bodies buried in the cemetery.
Source: TeleSur [January 19, 2017]