среда, 9 декабря 2009 г.

BRAZIL / Serra da Capivara National Park

Serra da Capivara National Park
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Serra da Capivara National Park is a national park in the north east of Braz , near the town of São Raimondo Nonato, 220 km south of Floriano and 5,230 km from Teresina. The main body of the park is the Serra do Congo massif and the central Chapada da Capivara in the State of Piauì. The park was created to protect the prehistoric artifacts and paintings found there. It became a World Heritage Site in 1991.
Many of the numerous rock shelters in the Serra da Capivara National Park are decorated with cave paintings, some more than 25,000 years old. They are an outstanding testimony to one of the oldest human communities of South America.
Over 300 archaeological sites have been found within the park, the majority consisting of rock and wall paintings dating from 50,000-30,000 years ago. Certain geological formations and palaeofauna that included giant sloths, horses, camelids and early llamas indicate that the Ice Age environment was quite different from the existing semi-arid conditions.

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