Oldest Skeleton In The Caribbean Found Right In My Own Country Of Trinidad & Tobago.

Banwari Man uncovered in Trinidad and Tobago in 1969.
Trinidad And Tobago
January 23, 2018 4:20am CST
Can you believe it? I was doing some research recently and came across some shocking information. Imagine living all your life in a country you think you know and then you realise that you don’t really know. According to Wikipedia, In Nov 1969 the oldest skeleton discovery in the Caribbean was found in Trinidad and Tobago Banwari Trace Archaeological Site. The remains of a human skeleton was aptly called ‘Banwari Man”. The skeleton was lying on it’s side, as in a typical American crouch burial position 20 cm below the surface. Two items were found: a round pebble by the head and a needlepoint by the hip. It was interned in a midden heap and covered with shell refuse. The burial can be dated to the period shortly before the end of occupation, approximately 3,400 BC or 5,400 years old. This skeleton is considered to be the oldest one found in the Caribbean. This demonstrates the presence of the Caribbean's first farmers and inhabitants. From another source posted by ‘Discover Trinidad & Tobago’ I found this information. Banwari Trace, an Archaic (pre-ceramic) site in south-western Trinidad, is the oldest archaeological site in the Caribbean. The site has revealed two separate periods of occupation; one between 7200 and 6100 BP (Strata I and II) and the other between 6100 BP and 5500 BP. This was the oldest evidence of human activity on Caribbean soil to be found in Trinidad: the archaeological site at Banwari Trace has yielded artefacts dating back to 5,000 BC. These were once the belongings of the Ortoiroid people, named after the Ortoire River. The remains of the human skeleton is preserved at the University of the West Indies (St. Augustine). Banwari Trace was included in the 2004 World Monuments Watch by the World Monuments Fund. Access requires permission from the National Trust. I have not yet visited this site but I am planning to do so in the near future. I don’t know yet what I will fine but it is an adventure I am looking forward to. Credited: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia & Discover Trinidad & Tobago Picture taken from the net, public domain.
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@tzwrites (4952)
• Romania
23 Jan
Very cool info. I'm sure there are many more exciting discoveries waiting to be made.
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• Kathmandu, Nepal
23 Jan
That's great findings. Hope you'll know similar many findings in the days to come. Thank you!
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• Trinidad And Tobago
23 Jan
If there is, it has been kept low-keyed!
• Trinidad And Tobago
23 Jan
@creativeaashish That will be so great,
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@averygirl72 (16635)
• Philippines
23 Jan
That's cool. They are really old skeleton. Amazing discovery
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• Trinidad And Tobago
24 Jan
Isn't it ? I an so happy for my country to get some recognition.
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@WorDazza (10103)
• Manchester, England
23 Jan
If, as is suggested man originated in Africa and slowly migrated outward from there, it does make you wonder how people ended up on relatively remote Caribbean Islands almost 8000 years ago. They must have used canoes to travel for many miles across oceans as i doubt they would have had the skills to build large boats in those times!! Extremely brave, adventurous people!!!
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• Trinidad And Tobago
24 Jan
Hi WorDazza if my history serves me correctly, Man originated FIVE places in the world...2 in Africa, 1 in India, 1 in China and 1 in Mesopotamia now called Iraq (I think).It is the Mesopotamia people who walked over land routes following the deer (the continents were all joined then) into the Americas in the New World, then to the Caribbean. Trinidad and Tobago was part of the main land (as evident by flora and fauna and animals found in Trinidad). Good speculations though! I like a thinking mind. I am just super excited that Trinidad can be put on the world map...we are so tiny that everyone overlook us! I am proud of my country (minus the criminal element)
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@WorDazza (10103)
• Manchester, England
24 Jan
@Gita17112016 I didn't realise that Trinidad and Tobago was once part of the mainland. Surely Trinidad and Tobago is on the map already thanks to the likes of Dwayne and Darren Bravo, Dwight Yorke and Ato Boldon. In fact the football team I support, Newcastle United, had a goalkeeper from Trinidad and Tobago called Shaka Hislop who played for them for a few years.
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• Trinidad And Tobago
24 Jan
@WorDazza Oh yes, you forgot Brian Lara with the host of others in the cricket world too. We also had a Miss universe once. We are proud but it still is representative of half the population (Africans). and it is not that the Indo-Trinidadians do not have talent but that they are not always given the opportunity...or the support. But even so Banwari Man gives us a piece of history since ancient times. Did you know we still have pure blooded Caribs still living in Trinidad? They are descendants of the First people and call themselves First citizens. I am just so ambitious for my country. So many people still ask me where is this country. We are not known. If I had a wish I would wish first world status for my country...amongst other things
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@much2say (39784)
• United States
24 Jan
Wow! How close are you to that site? It's interesting to know about civilizations that existed before us!
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• Trinidad And Tobago
25 Jan
I have to investigate yet. but I think about half an hour. One day soon we will designate a date to visit but I suspect there will be no one to receive us. But we only try.
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@much2say (39784)
• United States
26 Jan
@Gita17112016 I hope you can make it there - it's not far at all. I wonder if there is an exhibition of some sort where these artifacts are displayed!
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• Trinidad And Tobago
27 Jan
@much2say I seriously do not think so.No display. I think the artifact is housed in the University of the West Indies, and I studied there for about 8 years and never even heard about this archaeological fine. I have to investigate further. However I was in that area today but we just drove around aimlessly...there was no signs anywhere.
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• Preston, England
23 Jan
great information to discover and share
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• Trinidad And Tobago
24 Jan
I wonder why this is not taught in our schools? Great for our country's prestige.
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• Preston, England
24 Jan
@Gita17112016 they should organize school trips to the museum
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• Trinidad And Tobago
25 Jan
@arthurchappell My friend, this is Trinidad. I think there is no museum (I have to confirm that). It is kept at the University of the West Indies.(also have to confirm that).
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@shaggin (37115)
• United States
25 Jan
That is absolutely amazing how it has lasted through so many thousands of years. Very interesting! Finds like this are so important to learn things about history and science.
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• Trinidad And Tobago
25 Jan
Yes, I was hoping on a world level this would be interesting as we uncover the nomadic travels of the world's earliest people ...and the people who were already there before Christopher Columbus came and Americo Vespucci would have named the Americas. So great to add to our knowledge of history.
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• Philippines
24 Jan
They better have the best way to preserve this skeleton. This is the best discovery ever made and I hope more discover would be made in the future.
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• Trinidad And Tobago
25 Jan
Thank you. I hope it will be first appreciated my our own people then others. awareness is something so hard to raise.
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@FayeHazel (18475)
• United States
23 Jan
That is really interesting. What an ancient remains.
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• Trinidad And Tobago
24 Jan
Yes, wish I knew of this before.
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@TRBRocks420 (79533)
• Banks, Oregon
23 Jan
Wow that's pretty cool. Thanks for sharing.
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• Trinidad And Tobago
23 Jan
Welcome.
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@just4him (120556)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
25 Jan
That's an exciting discovery.
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• Trinidad And Tobago
25 Jan
Isn't it? I hope it morph into something more ...like the government taking an active role or so.
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@just4him (120556)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
25 Jan
@Gita17112016 That would be interesting if they did that.
@Gillygirl (17340)
• Sutton, England
23 Jan
It's amazing what is being found. It will be an adventure to visit the site.
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• Trinidad And Tobago
24 Jan
Indeed, I am planning to do so, but I have yet to locate the exact spot
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• Philippines
23 Jan
scary skeletons
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• Trinidad And Tobago
24 Jan
That's another element. I would hate to offend sleeping spirits.
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@Madshadi (8933)
• Brussels, Belgium
23 Jan
That's interesting. I read somewhere that the eldest human remains in the world were found in Morocco.
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• Trinidad And Tobago
24 Jan
I am not aware of that. Must be an interesting find to the archaeological world.
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@DianneN (79946)
• United States
17 Feb
That is amazing!!!!