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Several years ago the skeleton of an adult man was discovered that, almost certainly, inhabited the Sabana de Bogotá a few centuries ago. As stated by Lucero Aristizábal, a student of the Archeology doctoral program of Los Andes, the bones almost certainly correspond to those of a man between 39 and 44 years old, which could be considered an old man for its time because life expectancy was very low at the time, according to reports Time.
The remains of this person were found in the area of the Tibanica wetland, but it was not found alone but accompanied by the remains of 748 other men, women and children, who are believed to have populated this area during the period called the late Muisca, between 1,200 and 1,600 AD.
The research team assures that these remains still have a lot of information to reveal, which is why they continue to study them in depth, from the smallest pieces to the largest.
The remains of up to 80 individuals have been investigated in depth using different techniques such as genetic analysis, something that is complex to perform, especially because it depends on many factors such as the state of conservation, the condition of the substrate where they were buried, the PH of the soil, contamination, etc.
Carl Langebaek is the academic vice-rector of the Andes and one of those who has remained from the beginning in relation to this research, who stated that: “We believe that the Muiscas were a highly hierarchical society, something that can shed light on many other things that we do not know about the Muiscas”.
Thanks to the tests carried out, they could be launched different theories about some of the activities that the Muiscas did on a daily basis, as well as knowing what and how much they ate or even knowing the diseases that accompanied them during their lives, allowing the entire team to know many details that until now had not been revealed about this town about which much more information is now being obtained.
It's known that had an obese population and the death rate was high due to infections. Also dental hygiene was not very observed in those years, details that are impressive after so much time has passed and that give great hope of being able to form a calendar about the events that accompanied the Muiscas from their appearance to their disappearance.
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