Throughout the territory of Texas there are bones hidden in watery pits. But not only that, because we find from structures of sunken ships, tombs of prehistoric Texans, to incalculable treasures are buried in rivers and lakes.
For the local archaeologistsThese treasures are found in places that are difficult to access, but are relatively protected so that they are well preserved. But now, given the devastating drought situation that is being experienced in Texas, the water level is dropping significantly, making these treasures vulnerable as they can be looted.
Since midsummer the Texas Historical Commission, who oversees these areas, has exposed through director Pat Mercado-Allinger, that a new hidden treasure is exposed to the surface every month.
Within the sites there are 4 cemeteries, including an apparent slave grave in Navarro County. In central Texas, fishermen have recovered a human skull believed to date back thousands of years.
An unspecified number of remains have emerged from the waters. The Colorado authorities' spokesman declines to give more information, saying that releasing the number of finds could fuel an increase in vandals.
East Texas has been found dozens of sunken ships, from Texan ferries or World War I steamboats and cargo ships. While most of these vessels are underwater, at any moment they will be able to surface according to naval archaeologist Amy Borgens.
Most of these sites disappeared before Texas had an archaeological awareness, but all of them are vital to know the story. According to Mercado-Allinger, “it is the only way we have to know who lived before us. I would like all those who can find some archaeological remains to think about the social damage it can do”. He added that the vandals could be punished with a fine of $ 1,000 or 30 days in jail.
However, so far there are no traces of damage to archaeological assets. Borgens stated that “many of the ships are significant as they were built with unique techniques or are of regional origin”.
Mercado- Allinger also explains that this is an opportunity "lucky and unlucky”Since there is the possibility of studying many deposits but there are no financial resources for it. However, his agency is helping by facilitating the exhumation of submerged graves for burial in cemeteries.
Source: My San Antonio
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