Indigenous Remains Discovered While Relocating Victims of Landslide in 2010

An indian road appeared on a farm where authorities planned to relocate the town of Lajas street in San Antonio de Escazú, San José.

On the property, about 18,000 square meters, the plan was/is to build housing for 54 families.

Most of them lost their home by the landslide which occurred on November 4, 2010, that caused the deaths of 23 people.

Mirna Rojas, head of the Department of Anthropology and History Museum, said the Indian road is about twelve feet wide by 15 long.

The official clarified that the rest of the property can be used because there are no signs indicating the existence of other indigenous elements. Now we just need the final report submitted by the archaeologist who made the inspection.

This document shall be analyzed by an archaeological committee, which will dictate what we can do.

Rojas noted that these documents will be ready “soon”.

Although the final study is not yet available, the entities that are responsible for the housing project know that they will have to change the design of the work.

The modification have to do it, to protect the archaeological element, said the official of the National Museum.

“That part will not be altered, because it’s like a puzzle stone that forms a path,” said Rojas.

The property was recommended by the Municipality of Escazú due to its characteristics, but has not yet been buy, said yesterday the mayor Arnoldo Barahona.

The mayor added, the farm is an area of risk, not affected by geological faults and the regulatory plan of the canton, allows the construction required to relocate street Lajas.

Also, he explained that the project will develop with the figure of a trust.

About 54 families will be benefited by this project, 17 families still live in Lajas street, because their homes had no damage, although they are located in an area of risk.

The rest, rent in other parts of the canton with a subsidy that gives the Joint Social Assistance Institute (IMAS).

Meanwhile, Victor Azofeifa, president of the neighborhood association Lajas street, warned that the limit to buy that land expires in September.

Otherwise, Azofeifa said, would have to redefine the terms with the owners.

“In reality, the picture is still unclear,” said community leader.

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