Sila National Park and its archaeological treasures on National Geographic

Sila National Park, already at the height of its candidacy as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this month is also on the National Geographic.
The journalist / photographer, as well as Official Park Guide, Giuseppe Intrieri has closely followed the extraordinary story that saw the Superintendency finding, on the shores of Lake Cecita – now a basin of artificial origin, but one that has been recreated on the same site of a prehistoric lake – a multitude of archaeological and palaeontological treasures, each of which would have deserved a separate ‘cover’: a Magno-Greek temple dedicated to a, yet unknown, female deity; a Longobard workshop for the production of weapons and several scramasax type swords in various stages of processing; a Roman road still in excellent condition; the remains of a prehistoric elephant.
The fossil bones of the Elephas antiquus, a species that has populated Europe from about 800,000 up to 40,000 years ago, in particular caused a sensation; they also potentially throw new light on the famous megaliths, the so-called “Stone Giants” of Campana, which various scholars now they tend to reinterpret no longer as formations of geological origin, but as sculptural artifacts of a very remarkable antiquity.
The Sila and its Park are revealed once again full of surprises as well as important not only from the naturalistic point of view. A unique heritage worldwide that we are certain deserves a protection as unique as that of UNESCO.

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