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History: Indigenous or Amerindian settlements in Guyana

The large meeting house in Masakenari – a remote WaiWai village in Guyana. (James Broscombe)

It is generally believed that Guyana’s first inhabitants, the Amerindians, originally entered the territory of what is now known as Guyana about 11,000 years ago. Initially they lived on the low, swampy coastland region.

Research by the Guyanese anthropologist, Dennis Williams, shows that while the earliest Guyanese were hunters, about 7000 years ago they graduated to become hunter-gatherers.

Archaeological studies reveal that a group of these people occupied Barabina Hill near to Mabaruma around that period.

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