Burial urns from time of Spanish conquest discovered in Nicaraguan city of Managua

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Following the discovery of burials belonging to the first inhabitants of Nicaragua, in the San Isidro Libertador neighbourhood of Managua’s 3rd district, specialists are now working on the recovery and classification of the recovered artefacts.

Burial urns from time of Spanish conquest discovered in Nicaraguan city of Managua
Credit: Leandro Zuniga

Edgard Espinoza, head of Archaeology at the Managua City Hall, explained that the objects are mostly children’s funerary urns and have an iconography that reflects the mixture between the inhabitants of the Managua valley and the families established in San Isidro.




According to the report presented by the Historical Heritage Directorate of the Municipality of Managua, the archaeological findings which date to the period of the Spanish conquest, have been analysed and processed pending the preparation of the official report.

Burial urns from time of Spanish conquest discovered in Nicaraguan city of Managua
Credit: Leandro Zuniga

“Six funeral urns were found, with offerings from the time of first contact; that is, when the Spaniards first arrived in Managua and many of the native families fled to the mountains where they would remain for many years, while the Spaniards conquered the region. The funeral urns we found are from six different families and most of what is buried there are children under the age of 10 years with offerings of different types,” explained Clemente Guido, director of Historical Heritage.




According to Clemente Guido, the report will be given to the National Direction of Archaeology of the Nicaraguan Institute of Culture (INC).

Burial urns from time of Spanish conquest discovered in Nicaraguan city of Managua
Credit: Leandro Zuniga

He also stressed that the findings allow the recovery of the historical memory of the Nicaraguan people. “The team of archaeologists from the Managua City Hall remained at the site until the total recovery of the six urns was achieved,” he said.

Source: La Voz Del Sandinismo [trsl. TANN, February 29, 2020]