Shaman stones placed on his feet patients

January 17, 2013 10:59

In Panama found a cache of old age of about four thousand years

8 stones from the collection.
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12 strange stone found refuge behind a small prehistoric Casita de Piedra near the town of Boquete in western Panama. Scientists believe that they belonged to the ancient shamans, reported at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (Panama). He, surely, was a doctor.

According to researchers, this is the earliest evidence of shaman cult in Central America. Radiocarbon dating of charcoal fragments found in the same layer, showed that the finding about 4 thousand years.

"The stones were a short distance from each other, were very compact. Perhaps they were put in a bag or basket, which subsequently decayed "- says archaeologist Ruth Dick, exhibited unusual items.

In this well preserved stone.
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A cache consists of a small piece of dacite, which give a cylindrical shape, a little flake white translucent quartz, jarosite-quartz aggregate with a cutting edge unit of crystalline quartz, several pieces of pyrite with traces of use, frayed piece of chalcedony flake magnetic andesite, large and small fragments of chalcedony magnetic kaolinite, which as a result of natural erosion acquired an unusual appearance — he looked like a flower.

Map of Western Panama locations Casita-de Piedra.
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According to the researchers, this is not just a collection of stones, stones and crystals, usually associated with gold deposits in the Central Cordillera of Panama and Central America. However, nothing in the safe haven of gold found. Yet the one who collected them, had a flair for the unusual stones. Scientists regret that will never know how important they were for the shaman-healer.

Svetlana KUZINA

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