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TALES OF THE OBLIVION

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Documentary by Dulce Fernandes

Portugal

In 2009, archeological excavations in the small town of Lagos, in southern Portugal, unearthed the skeletons of 158 enslaved African men, women and children. They had been dumped in a local landfill during the XV century, in the middle of domestic and industrial waste. These findings turned out to be the oldest “cemetery” of enslaved African people in the world. Despite the importance of these archaeological discoveries, the skeletons are now stored in a basement, while researchers wait financing to study them. On the archaeological site, an underground parking garage has been built.

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