Severe Drought in Brazil Reveals Ancient Face Carvings Submerged for Millennia in the Amazon River


Severe Drought in Brazil Reveals Ancient Face


Severe Drought in Brazil Reveals Ancient Face: The Amazon River in Brazil has been experiencing severe drought recently, causing the water level to drop repeatedly and revealing ancient face carvings that had been submerged for over a thousand years.

According to a report by BBC on Tuesday (October 24th), these ancient face carvings can now be easily seen when standing on the banks of the Amazon River.

The water level of the Rio Negro, a tributary of the Amazon, dropped below 13 meters for the first time this month on the 22nd and further decreased to 12.89 meters the next day.

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Archaeologists state that during a previous drought period on the Amazon River, some face carvings were discovered in 2010. However, they have found a greater variety of face carvings this time, as the water level of the Rio Negro dropped to 13.63 meters.

Carved by pre-Columbian people
Archaeologist Jaime Oliveira said that these stone carvings were created by pre-Columbian people who lived in the region.

He stated, “This area is a pre-colonial site, and there is evidence that the history of occupation here can be traced back to approximately 1,000 to 2,000 years ago. What we see here are anthropomorphic images.”

It is reported that these ancient face carvings were discovered on a coast called Ponta das Lajes, which is near the confluence of the Rio Negro and the Solimões rivers into the Amazon River.

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Archaeologists also found a groove on another rock, which is believed to have been used by the indigenous people as a tool for shaping arrowheads.

The Brazilian government attributes the drought weather to climate change and the El Niño phenomenon, stating that El Niño has led to below-average rainfall in the northern part of the Amazon, resulting in a continuous decrease in river levels.


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