New stadium build unearths 1,200-year-old cemetery in Nicaragua

Construction workers building a new national baseball stadium in Nicaragua unearthed a more than 1,200-year old cemetery with human remains and a great deal of pottery, officials said Tuesday. The pre-Colombian burial site includes ceramic funeral urns and some human remains like craniums and jawbones, state television reported.

Part of the artifacts found were “a cemetery arrangement from about 800 to 350 years B.C,” said Ivonne Miranda, the director of archaeology at the Nicaraguan Culture Ministry. “It gives us a better idea how pre-Hispanic society functioned” in the modern-day Managua area, Miranda said. The items recovered will go on display at the National Culture Museum, she said. — AFP