Potosi Bolivia: Grave with 400 unearthed, belieed to be colonial miners

Posted on July 28, 2014 • Filed under: Archaeology, Bolivia, Latin America Mining

According to BBC.com, 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. The grave was found by workers carrying out excavations for the construction of a new building. The mine at Potosi became the world’s biggest after silver was discovered there by the Spanish in 1545. African and indigenous slaves worked the mines – it is estimated as many as eight million may have died. The mines at Potosi were a source of huge riches for Spain until the end of colonial rule in the 19th Century. Read Article

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