The Mysterious Megaliths Of the Bada Valley Indonesia

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Bada Valley or Napu Valley, located in the Lore Lindu National Park in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, contains hundreds of megaliths going back to the 14th century. The purpose of the megaliths and their builders are unknown.

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The megaliths vary in size from a few inches to 15 feet (4.5 meters) high. No one knows who carved them, when, or why.

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According to local legend, they were long-ago criminals who turned to stone and were abandoned.

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Until now, the existence and location of the megaliths was not formally documented. The Nature Conservancy is helping Indonesian park officials to find and protect the carvings, as well as the forest around them.

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So far more than 400 of the carvings have been found in and around the park.Among the megaliths are about 30 arca menhirs, or human forms.

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Local people believe some of the statues may have been used for ancestor worship.The original purpose of the carvings remains a mystery.

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