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Hundreds of human skeletons found in Bolivian mining city

Published on Jul 27, 2014 6:36 AM

LA PAZ (AFP) - Construction workers in Bolivia have stumbled upon a mass grave with the remains of hundreds of likely indigenous miners during the Spanish colonial era, a researcher said Saturday.

The workers found the remains this week as they started construction on a new building in the "El Minero" district of Potosi, located high up in the Andes.

"We are talking about a common grave found at about 1.8m, and the human remains are scattered over an area of 4m by 4m," said Sergio Fidel, a researcher at a museum belonging to Tomas Frias University.

In the Spanish colonial era, Potosi became famous for its massive silver and tin reserves, which started to be mined in the 16th century.

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