National Trust warns of risk of mining irreplaceable petroglyphs
The National Trust of Trinidad and Tobago is responding to a development request proposal to conduct quarrying operations at a site in the Maracas Valley, St Joseph.
In its review, the National Trust said: “It is important to note that one of the rarest indigenous artifacts in the country, the Caurita Petroglyphs, is located near this proposed development and also near a quarry. in existing operation.
As a heritage asset classified as protected under Chapter 40:53 of the Trinidad and Tobago National Trust Act, the “Caurita Stone”, as the Caurita petroglyphs are more commonly known, consists of a large outcrop of quartzite six feet (6 feet or 2 m) in height and eight feet (8 ′ or 3 m) in width.
It bears elaborate carvings made by the First Peoples of Trinidad centuries ago, depicting anthropomorphic images of fertility and is to this day considered the only documented rock art in Trinidad.
Located in the La Caurita watershed of the Maracas Valley on a private 55-acre parcel of land, this is an iconic heritage creation that continues to hold very significant spiritual significance to our Indigenous people.
As an artifact protected by law, any modification is expressly prohibited.
Blasting and other quarrying operations can produce impacts that can dramatically alter the landscape through scarring, increased runoff and erosion.
For this reason, the Trust stands in solidarity with the Indigenous community of Santa Rosa and the Warao Nation in our commitment to safeguard these sacred lands as a unique and invaluable aspect of our national heritage.
The Caurita Stone, the only known petroglyph in Trinidad, is an irreplaceable artifact of national and regional significance given the existence of similar engravings found in other Caribbean islands.
To learn more about this site, visit the National Trust website.