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Serra da Capivara | Piauí, Brazil

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Brazil
8° 49' 51.0996" S, 42° 33' 8.8272" W
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Serra da Capivara

Serra da Capivara - Photo: Zeolithe

Serra da Capivara National Park  is a national park in the Northeastern region of Brazil. It has many prehistoric paintings. The park was created to protect the prehistoric artifacts and paintings found there. It became a World Heritage Site in 1991. Its head archaeologist is Niède Guidon. Its best known archaeological site is Pedra Furada.

It is located in northeast state of Piauí. It falls within the municipal areas of São Raimundo Nonato, São João do Piauí, Coronel José Dias and Canto do BuritiThe Park covers nearly 318,976 acres (129,140 ha) and has a circumference of 133,75 mi (214 km). It is situated in the morphoclimatic zone of the Brazilian Caatinga, distinguished by the multiplicity of plant formations typical of the semi-arid regions of Northeast Brazil. The region’s plant species are primarily characterized by the loss of most of their leaves during the dry season, extending from May to December, serving to lend the landscape its silver hue. The region borders two major geological formations – the Maranhão-Piauí sediment basin and the peripheral depression of the São Francisco River – and is endowed with a diversity of relief vegetation and landscapes of breathtaking beauty and dotted with exceptional vistas of the surrounding valleys, mountains, and plains.

The area has the largest concentration of prehistoric sites in the Americas. Scientific studies confirm that the Capivara mountain range was densely populated in the pre-Columbian Era. The area houses one of the most important archaeological sites in the Americas containing evidence and artefacts that have forced a sweeping re-evaluation of the fundamental traditional theories underpinning the origins of human settlement in the Americas.

More infos: Wikpedia

Serra da Capivara

Serra da Capivara - Photo: Otávio Nogueira

Serra da Capivara

Serra da Capivara - Photo: Otávio Nogueira

Serra da Capivara

Serra da Capivara - Photo: Douglas Iuri Medeiros Cabral

Serra da Capivara

Serra da Capivara - Photo: Diego Rego Monteiro

SUBMITTED ON 08.11.2014.