Part of a skull, a femur, a humerus, a radius, an ulna and some hand and foot bones were identified.
Once the initial assessment was conducted, the remains were wrapped up and transferred to the Archaeological Research Institute where it was determined that they belonged to a 40 to 50-year-old male who was part of an aboriginal tribe that resided in the area from 700 AD onwards. Some artifacts buried nearby helped support this hypothesis.
The site where the remains were found is located in the Andes mountain range at 2,293 metres above sea level, in the El Pachón, Barreal area.
Glencore’s project spans an area situated between 3,600 and 4,200 metres above sea level, just 5 kilometres from the Chilean border. Its resource has been estimated at 15.04 mt, with the potential to initially produce 400,000 tonnes of copper per year.
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