The Tunjo Ancient Stones,Columbia

Piedras del Tunjo (Spanish: Tunjo Stones) is an important archaeological park established on a natural rocky shelter 40 km west of Bogotá in the city of Facatativá. In ancient times it used to be the shore of a large lake flooding the Bogotá savanna. It was used by the Muisca rulers as a refuge during the time of the Spanish conquest. In fact, at this site the soldiers of Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada killed the ruling zipa Tisquesusa in 1537.

The huge rocks are covered with pictographs made by ancient settlers. They are estimated to be 10,000 years old.

The area of the park used to be an hacienda, property of a wealthy family since colonial times. It was nationalized in 1946 to establish the park.

Destruction of the ancient pictographs

Decades of government negligence and lack of policies for the protection of archaeological heritage have resulted in the destruction of most of the ancient paintings. The city?Government is now planning to carry out a contest of mural paintings to cover the vandalized ancient pictograms and give a better appearance to the stones.


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