37 Archaeological Sites Discovered in Nature Reserves Owned by Terra Peninsular

37 archaeological sites discovered in nature reserves owned by Terra Peninsular
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Ensenada, Baja California, July 13, 2017 (PRESS RELEASE).- Students from the National School of Anthropology and History (ENAH in Spanish) presented the archaeological findings in the areas protected by the nonprofit organization Terra Peninsular in San Quintin and El Rosario, located at the south of the Ensenada.

The information was shared with the community through the lecture “Conserving Baja California’s biocultural heritage: study and protection of camps in the coast line and intermontainous valleys in Baja California.”

The free-admission lecture was presented in San Quintin and Ensenada, on July 11 and 12 of 2017 respectively, to provide information about the results of the archaeological project carried out in collaboration between Terra Peninsular and the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).

After several weeks of work and area touring, 37 archaeological sites were recorded in Punta Mazo and Monte Ceniza nature reserves, both located in San Quintin, as well as in the Valle Tranquilo Nature Reserve, at El Rosario.

In the Valle Tranquilo Nature Reserve 14 archaeological sites were recorded, 9 of which are shell middens, the other 5 present concentration of materials such as rock tools and obsidian, the latter being rare in the zone.

Furthermore, 14 sites were recorded in Punta Mazo and 9 in Monte Ceniza Nature Reserve, including a fragment of a projectile point, burnt and boiled bones, materials and rock tools, among other things.

The archaeological records will serve to understand the complexity of hunter and gatherer societies, this information will be a reference point for future researches in Baja California and for Archaeology in northern Mexico. Also, a collection of materials was made to conduct future analysis.

Through these type of projects, it is sought to generate strategies to guarantee the conservation of the biocultural heritage of Baja California.

The objective of this project was to conduct the research, protection and exposure of the archaeological remains in San Quintin and El Rosario for conservation, knowledge generation and dissemination purposes.

The students who participated in this project are: Ana Luisa Luna, Cristina Callejas, Francisco Javier Ávila, Guillermina Ortega and Reynaldo Guerrero, as well as Enah Fonseca and Gabriela Mejía, researchers from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).


An article of the development and results of this project will be published in the December 2017 edition of the Mediterranews newsletter.