Belonging to Puerto Rico, Isla Mona in the Caribbean sea known for its extensive network of caves. In their dark underground chambers archeologists from the British Museum in London and Leicester University suddenly discovered cave paintings that were created as natives and European colonizers.
A small island, as scientists believe, was inhabited by about 5 thousand years ago. It is known that on this island landed the expedition of Christopher Columbus during his second voyage in 1494.
While studying caves, a group of scientists has revealed that 30 of the 70 studied cave systems present traces of human presence in the pre-Columbian period. The researchers found in thousands of rock paintings depicting various geometric figures, and zoomorphic creatures. Some of the drawings have been dated to the XIV century.
In one of the caves on the South coast of the island researchers were in for a surprise. Beside the drawings made by the natives, scientists have discovered the names, dates and Christian symbols. Archaeologists believe that they were engraved in a rock after the XVI century. Some of the inscriptions contained the phrase from the Bible in Latin. One of the written on the cave walls the names associated with a real living person – Francis Alegre. It is known that he sailed to the Islands from Spain with his father in 1530-ies and was a representative of the Spanish king in Puerto Rico.
The cave was difficult to get into. The researchers suggest that to break into the Europeans helped the natives. Now in order to enter the cave, you must climb a cliff and crawl through the narrow hole. It is possible that the labels could be created local population converted to Christianity.