Photo: Skeleton in El Salvador
Three skeletons some 1,600 years old, two of them in a seated position with their legs crossed, were discovered in El Salvador by Japanese and Salvadoran anthropologists, officials said.
The three skeletons were discovered last April at the Nueva Esperanza archaeological site in the province of San Salvador, where another was found in 2007, Japanese archaeologist Akira Ichikawa, coordinator of the research, told Efe.
He said what was novel about the Nueva Esperanza discovery is that two of the three skeletons were seated with their legs crossed, positions similar to remains found several years ago in the archaeological sites of Kaminaljuyu in Guatemala and Teotihuacan in Mexico, both centers of power in ancient Mesoamerica.
Ichikawa said that further research is needed to determine whether some kind of relationship existed between those sites and the culture of the people whose remains were found in Nueva Esperanza.
The other skeleton found last April in El Salvador was in a horizontal position.
According to ichikawa, the find brings to three the number of skeletons in a seated position found in El Salvador, since in 2009 a similar one was discovered in the ruins of Tazumal in Chalchuapa municipality in the western province of Santa Ana bordering on Guatemala.
But those in Nueva Esperanza, unlike the one in Tazumal, are in a “good state of preservation,” he said.
Research in the area has been coordinated by the Culture Secretariat and the Japanese Society for Scientific Promotion of the National Ethnology Museum.