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Prensa Latina: Archaeological evidence of salt production is discovered in Nicaragua 2016-2-3 08:44

Jar for salt production, New type
Photograph: HKND Group

Managua, February 1 (PL) The first intact jar for salt production in Nicaragua was discovered during the archaeological excavation in Brito, site for the port facing the Pacific Ocean, reported today HKND Group, the Chinese concessionaire of the Interoceanic Grand Canal.

According to the experts involved in the archaeological surveys on the route of the future waterway, which started on November 30 last year, the jar was used for boiling and evaporating seawater on fire pits to make salt.

The scientists explained that in this new type of jars, the inner side was smoothed so as to prevent the salt grains from going through the pottery walls while the porous outside facilitated water filtration.

The production of these useful containers by the indigenous people of Nicaragua involved using coiling techniques by wrapping wet clay strands or ropes in circles to shape the vessel. 

Around 3,000 pieces in total have been discovered so far, including fragments of Luna Polychrome, engraved Castillo and the already mentioned jar for salt production, which are unique of the Central American region. 

HKND assured that all artifacts would be handed to the Government of Nicaragua after recording. 

The pre-construction archaeological works for the Nicaragua Interoceanic Canal continues in the area of Brito, located in Rivas Department (southern end).

The Chinese concessionaire is collaborating with a Nicaraguan team led by the eminent archaeologist and historian Dr. Patrick Werner, the National Council of Universities (CNU) and the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN-Managua).

The objective is to conduct further investigation and excavations, based on the preliminary archaeological survey carried out by the British company ERM as part of the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA), approved by the Government in early November.

It is also in accordance with the recommendations of the ESIA and the Archaeological Management Plan of the Canal Project.

The Canal will connect the Atlantic and Pacific oceans through a 276 kilometers route, crossing the Great Lake of Nicaragua or Cocibolca, and should be completed five years after the beginning of the major works (excavations and locks).


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