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An archaeological census performed by the Anthropology Institute within the Cuban Science, Technology and Environment Ministry has found that the human presence on the island hypothetically dates from between 8,000 and 10,000 years ago, local media here reported on Sunday.

The project that has been under way in Cuba for the past two years incorporates the research and experience of archaeologists, experts, historians, institutions and hobbyists and the officials heading it, as cited by the state-run Prensa Latina news agency, say it is expected to wrap up in January 2014.

The research uses maps with precise coordinates on the municipality level with the aim of providing a general idea about the aboriginal archaeological situation in the country, and it also includes a series of elements to allow the production of a more finished product. Read more.

A project to catalogue Cuba’s pre-Columbian archaeological sites has pinpointed the locations of more than 3,200 indigenous settlements, Communist Party daily Granma said Friday.

The initiative, which was launched two years ago and is set to conclude by the end of 2013, has identified 1,000 previously unlisted sites.

Cuba’s westernmost province, Pinar del Rio, and the central region of Villa Clara have the highest density of sites, with 500 each.

The census aims to provide a snapshot of the locations and state of preservation of spots where the island’s indigenous people lived, the chief archaeologist at the Cuban institute of Anthropology, Alfonso Cordova Medina, told Granma. Read more.

Today, the public’s perspective of Native American history is often based on the appearance of the New World when European colonists first occupied the lands of indigenous peoples.  Mexico, Central America and Peru are viewed as the locations of the most advanced native civilizations.  In the United States, the location of indigenous ethnic groups in 1776 has in the past been assumed to have been their location for the previous 1000 years.   However, the facts uncovered by archaeologists in the late 20th century have radically changed our understanding of the Western Hemisphere’s ancient history. Read more.

Havana, Cuba, May 5.- An exhibition of pharmaceutical bottles from the second half of the 19th century, found in excavations in the historical center of Havana, will open its doors on May 18th.

Titled Archaeology and Pharmacy, the exhibition will show glass jars for medicines and perfumes issued by health and trade institutions, dating from the beginning of the previous century.

Also on display will be the most emblematic drugs made at that time and various utensils, including a rubber syringe for enemas and fragments of catheter for forced feeding. Read more.