El Dia reports:
According to the Governor’s Office
Santa Cruz has 150 archaeological sites
Heritage. The authorities and institutions allocate scarce resources for research.
In the department of Santa Cruz there are 150 archaeological sites that are not exploited for its tourism potential and there is also a strong interest on the part of the population to explore these places.
Experts in the field agree that more resources should be invested in research and dissemination of ancient cultures found in different areas, such as the mesothermal valleys, where recently discovered the existence of a set of rocks shaped as a circular temple which still need further investigations.
Want more interest in archeology. Danilo Drakit, archaeologist of the Santa Cruz Governor’s Office, heads a research group a few days ago and made public the discovery of what may be a stone temple in a circle, located in the municipality of Mairana. “We need more research and we must have financial and logistical resources to determine what type of structure is in the area, what culture they belong and how old is it thereof.” Drakit mentioned that the entire area of the mesothermal valleys are a site of ancient culture in which they must work and research.
The recent discovery was made known to archaeologists, because of data provided by Mairana settlers, that were in that group of rocks, unconventional ways, “the data we got it 2 years ago and just this year we were able to perform survey work to identify the shape of the rocks and establish that it is a kind of temple, of which we know little and hope to investigate further and hope to find artifacts of that culture. ”
Drakit notes that places like Santa Cruz la Vieja, in the town of San José de Chiquitos, had not been exposed if not for the work being done, “years before other authorities were not paying interest in archaeological research and now we have the support necessary to explore different areas of the department.”
They resort to conventions to investigate. Patricia Herrera is director of the Museum of Natural History Noel Kempff Mercado, dependent of the Universidad Autónoma Gabriel René Moreno (UAGRM), she leads a small group of researchers, despite having logistical and financial constraints, have achieved to record important archaeological finds on the research from the Sand Dunes park, to the area of the valley. “To fund our research we make agreements with the municipalities where we work, so we got funds that allow our work,” said Herrera, who since 2012 has been developing this work.