posted on Aug, 5 2010 @ 02:34 PM
From the website: translation mine -
CAVE FOUND WITH 63 ROCK (ART) PIECES
MANY CAVES MAY STILL NOT BE REPORTED DUE TO THE LACK OF ARCHAEOLOGISTS IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
A cave that has 61 petroglyphs and two bas-relief sculptures created by aborigines in the community of Monteclaro, Cotui, was discovered by the
creator of the Cotui Ferry, Raul Fernandez.
According to archaeologist Adolfo Lopez's research, this cavern that has not yet been reported could be declared a World Heritage site by Unesco.
Sanchez Ramirez province is most known for the great number of caverns it possesses, the great majority of these containing rock art with a most
important historical value to the nation; nevertheless, not all the caves have been reported.
Lopez, who is an archaeologist specializing in rock art at the Complutense University of Madrid, baptized the cave as "Raul de Monteclaro" due to it
being located in the community of Monteclaro and to its discoverer, Raul Fernandez.
On his visit to the cavern, the researcher specified the existence of 61 petroglyphs and two bas-relief sculptures.
Of the bas-relief sculptures, one of them was recognized by Lopez as among the "three great sculptures of pre-Hispanic rock art," due to its strange
form and because finding them is not very common.
"This sculpture is the latest, quality bas-relief that has been found in the Antilles up until this moment. It is a figure that is situated in fetal
position, which makes one think that they are dedicated to fertility," explained [Lopez] - also associate researcher of the Museum of Dominican
López expressed that even though he still does not know the exact age of the cave, because ceramic shards have not been found, it could be up to
5,000 years old.
OPENING UP TO TOURISM (or TOURISTIC EXPLOITATION depending on your translation)
The caves with petroglyphs allow for high levels of visitation, since they do not contain rock art elements that can be degraded by the change in
conditions that such visits might provoke.
According to Lopez, the cave does not have any problem in being opened to public use since it is accessible, there are no paintings to be altered, and
the rock art that it has is "spectacular."
"Raul de Monteclaro has the possibility of being one of Cotui's most important tourist attractions, because of the beautiful countryside that one
can observe, the quantity of precious birds that inhabit it and the kind country folk that surround it," he noted.
Meanwhile, the archaeologist hopes that the Museum of Dominican Man or some other scientific institution might take interest in working in the cavern
to be able to detect the cultural value that it possesses and its antiquity.
The expert affirms that the rock art of the Dominican Republic is considered tangible world heritage by Unesco.
"One must only prepare the cave report and have it presented so that Raul de Monteclaro cave could be perfectly accepted as a World Heritage site,"
Adolfo Lopez signaled the need for strengthening the study of Archaeology in the nation due to this being the perfect place to develop this
"It becomes paradoxical that the Dominican Republic is the country that has the most rock art in the world and that only about 5% have been worked
(exploited) because there are no specialists in the area," he considered.
Consulted on the scarcity of archaeologists int he country, the director of the Anthropology degree program at the Autonomous University of Santo
Domingo, Diorys Lantigua, explained that every science such as that has purpose, but that a degree program in the university "does not open up for
"In order to open up a degree program in a given university, one must conduct a field study to see the needs [it has]," he/she added.
(EDIT: Museum of Dominican Man is a more appropriate translation)
[edit on 5-8-2010 by Sphota]