Filitosa – Corsica


Filitosa is a historic site on the French island of Corsica. It was discovered in the 1940s and was determined to be a late neolithic settlement occupied from sometime around 3300 BC to 1500 BC. The stone columns in this photo are called menhirs and are thought to have been constructed to ward off enemies through magic.

The day Deb and I visited Filitosa, which covers several acres and includes the quarry where the many structures and menhirs originated, we had the place to ourselves. We were certainly off the beaten path.

One thing that strikes me about places like Filitosa is that it was inhabited for 1800 years. The town I live in has been inhabited for 125 years – less than 1/100 of Filitosa. I sometimes wonder what archaeologists will find in our location 1700 years from now. We have a clock tower. Will that survive? If it does, will they know what it was for? Magic?

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  1. Interesting comment about future archaeologists. I put some stuff in the “time capsule” under the clock tower when they built it. I wonder what they will think of it as well. I don’t even remember what I put in there.

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