The Bogotá savanna is in the southeastern part of the Altiplano Cundiboyacense, in the Eastern Ranges of the Colombian Andes. Until about 30,000 years BP the savanna was a vast glacial lake surrounded by snowy peaks known as Lake Humboldt. Rising from the waters a vast island, presently Cerros de Suba (Suba Hills) in Bogotá, was a hotbed of foraging megafauna such as glyptodonts, giant sloths, American horses and mastadons.

The earliest evidence of humans in the Bogotá savanna is from the late Pleistocene and early Holocen, as evidenced by artefacts discovered at Pubenza dated to 16,000 years BP. These hunter-fishermen lived in caves on the Altiplano and the particular caves Ashley explored is at the top of a mountain in Sindamanoy, 20 Kms (12.5 miles) north of Bogota, which was once an island in Lake Humboldt inhabited by ancient hunters and fishermen.  Last week, a landowner invited Ashley to examine an unexplored cave beneath one of his properties which was inhabited by ancient hunters 7,000 years ago.

El Abra and other late Pleistocene sites of habitation.

El Abra and other late Pleistocene sites of habitation.



ASHLEY COWIE is a Scottish historian, author and documentary filmmaker exploring ancient cultures and kingdoms, science and psychology. Investigating myths, folklore and legends. Examining artefacts, symbols and architecture, Discovering and presenting unique stories from the PEOPLE'S HISTORY.

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