Workers in Rio Find 30,000 Artifacts Dating Back to Brazil’s Empire

The area was where the Portuguese Royal Family resided during the reigns of Pedro I and Pedro II, from 1822 to 1889.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – While working to renovate Rio de Janeiro’s zoo, workers found historical artifacts dating back to Brazil’s imperial past at the Quinta da Boa Vista park, in the northern part of the city.

Classified as an ‘archaeological treasure’ by Rio's city government, the more than 30,000 items found are believed to be from the beginning of the 19th century to the first years of the 20th century.

Among the items found are plates, cutlery, pieces of clothes and uniforms with the imperial insignia and other belongings of . . .

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