The Monuments Men and Women of Libya
The University of Cambridge has published an article written by Dr Giulio Lucarini, a Leverhulme Research Fellow at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research in Cambridge, which tells the inspiring and fascinating story of a group of nine 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, despite the ongoing conflict and instability in the region.
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 80 x 20 metres) and is open to the sea a short distance from the city of Susa, the ancient Apollonia. It is a sort of natural hangar, inhabited uninterruptedly by humans from prehistoric times until the present.
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