The Monuments Men of Libya

The Monuments Men of Libya

Giulio Lucarini University of Cambridge |  gl374@cam.ac.uk True heroes, generous hearts: these are the Libyan archaeologists who, with Daesh at their heels, have accomplished the feat of completing the excavation of the Haua Fteah cave in Cyrenaica, one of the most important prehistoric sites of all Africa. When, in 2013, the team of international researchers involved at the site was forced to suspend work, nine Libyan archeologists - two women and seven men - successfully completed the excavation by themselves, securing its secrets for posterity. Thus the history of human population along the North African coast over the last 100 thousand years can now be written. Haua Fteah is, in fact, the largest karst cave in the Mediterranean (measuring 80x20 metres) and is open to the sea...
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