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Protecting Pre-Columbian Legacies in Buenos Aires

By: Translated by Zona Sur

The Yimba Cajc Indigenous School, located in Rey Curre de Buenos Aires, has announced that it will begin in the next few days, an important investment in the construction of roofs with traditional designs in order to protect the pre-Columbian artifacts that are located in its areas of gardens.

These are four royal palm ranches with rustic horcones built according to the cultural customs of their ancestors that will protect the three petroglyphs and a monolith that they have kept in this school for several decades.

The objective of this new institutional effort is to reinforce the processes of cultural awareness at the school and community level, so that these legacies are protected against a possible exfoliation process.

"The main idea is to protect these petroglyphs from the sun and rain, and incidentally teach our children that all this is an inheritance that we must value and take care of," said Junier Varela, president of the Board of Education of this institution.

Despite not showing much damage caused by man, these pre-Columbian legacies are exposed to deterioration caused by natural agents, such as microorganisms and algae and must face changes in temperature, which can generate an exfoliation process in the upper layer of the rock, which little by little also damages the engravings, hence the importance of highlighting this institutional effort in offering them this valuable protection.

The petroglyphs are interconnected lines, designed on the surface of stones whose origin dates back to pre-Columbian times and their messages have not yet been scientifically clarified with precision, however, they are elements that preserve a perpetual value in the spirituality of the culture local indigenous.

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