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Nearly six dozen woolly mammoths found while excavating at Santa Lucia airport

Santa Lucía, State of Mexico — The national coordinator of anthropology says while excavating at the Santa Lucia Airport, workers discovered the remains of a woolly mammoth along with human bones and pre-Hispanic vessels.

Pedro Francisco Sánchez Nava, coordinator with the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), confirmed the discovery. He reports that to date, they have found nearly six dozen mammoths, almost all Colombian mammoths, along with a bison, camel and horse. He says that they also discovered 15 human bones from pre-Hispanic burials along with vessels and obsidian.

Workers began their discoveries in December when the first woolly mammoth was found, however, Sánchez Nava says they had no idea the first discovery would lead to nearly 60. The first finding was made at the Felipe Ángeles International Airport in Santa Lucia. Since then, they have made a wealth of discoveries.

The INAH coordinator says that 31 archaeologists and three restorers are working on the Santa Lucia findings, which he says, have hindered the completion work and timing for the airport.