All this treasure hiding right under our noses! How amazing that we continue to find ancient artifacts, even to this day. -A
Ruins of Leptis Magna Image Credit: UNESCO/G. Boccardi
Libya’s civil war might be over, but the aftershocks of the revolution are still reverberating through the country. Just yesterday there was more violence in the capitol city of Tripoli. The fledgling Libyan government is still trying to wrangle militias and control the flow of arms through the country, with only moderate success.
One group affected by the ongoing unrest: archaeologists. This Nature article from the start of the revolution details why so many of them are interested in Libya: “the country has been a ‘melting pot’ of cultures throughout history, and has sites of Punic and Roman remains to the west, Greek and Egyptian to the east and Berber to the south. There are also important prehistoric sites, including some of the world’s earliest rock and cave art, and underwater archaeological sites along the Mediterranean coast.” Libya has five UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the ruins of Leptis Magna, a massive Roman city almost perfectly preserved.
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