Archaeological Finds

As if to give the legends life, many artifacts and fossils have been unearthed from the lake. These Artifacts include 8 wooden Amerindian objects, a bench carved in the shape of animal (with the marks of the carver’s name still clearly visible on the underside), a seat, 2 paddles, a bowl, a mortar, and two weaving sticks.

Fossil remains include the rib and thigh of a prehistoric animal, the giant SLOTH. This animal was much longer than the elephant, probably about twenty feet (20) long and many tons in weight. It was a treetop browser that dwelled in the Americas during the Pleistocene period that ended 11,000 years ago.

A tooth was also found which is very interesting for it was recognized as one of the teeth peculiar to the MASTODON, which was a large prehistoric animal resembling the elephant, and cousin to the giant Mammoth. These are a few clues that these animals once inhabited Trinidad.

Believe it or not, in 1928, a huge tree, estimated to be four thousand (4000) years old arose from the middle of the lake to a height of about ten (10) feet before slowly sinking again. A cross-section of the tree was severed for posterity.