15th Dec 2023 @ 9:47 am

The scientists in charge of the archaeological excavation at San Marical del Rubicón, at Papagayao, announced the fourth stage of their project yesterday.

The next phase will involve exploration underwater, off the coast of Papagayo, at a site which has yielded ten skeletons this year. The remains may provide important information about the earliest European settlement on the island, which is believed to be one of the first steps in in the modern age of colonisation.

The meeting, at the Casa de Camellos in Uga, was also attended by the 13-year-old boy who discovered an ancient coin on a recent field trip to the site. Nine coins have been found at the site, of which eight bear a crown and the initial B, showing they are part of the currency Jean de Bethencourt was permitted to issue by the Spanish crown.

Education will be a key element of the next phase of the project, with more school trips and plans for a more permanent visitors centre at the site.

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