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'Colonial-era mass grave' found in Potosi, Bolivia

POTOSI, Bolivia - A grave containing at least 400 people has been unearthed in the Bolivian city of Potosi, with the remains thought to be those of colonial-era miners, BBC reported.


The grave was found by workers carrying out excavations for the construction of a new building. The mine at Potosi became ‘huge’ after silver was discovered there by the Spanish in 1545. The mines at Potosi were a source of huge riches for Spain until the end of colonial rule in the 19th Century.


"We are talking about a common grave found at about 1.8 metres (5.9 ft), and the human remains are scattered over an area of four by four metres," Sergio Fidel, a researcher at a museum belonging to Potosi's Tomas Frias University, told.


The university intervened when it learnt that construction workers were piling the bones in a heap while work continued.


 

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