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ⓘ Geosite Travertino della Cava Cappuccini (Alcamo)




Geosite Travertino della Cava Cappuccini (Alcamo)
                                     

ⓘ Geosite Travertino della Cava Cappuccini (Alcamo)

Since 2010 the Ministry of the Environment), through l’ISPRA Superior Institute for the environmental protection and research had included it in the official list of Italian geosites.

Decree of 1 December 2015, according to the regional Department of land resources and environment has created this geological monument, recognizing its paleontological / stratigraphic type of world importance. It is formed by the walls of the quarry and a narrow strip of land at the very beginning.

Travertine quarry has been restored a few years ago, thanks to funding from the European funds por-Fesr 2007 / 2013. The project of requalification and implementation of the amphitheatre in possession of the Citadel of San Giovanni in the region of Orto Di Ballo, put some Paleontological site in danger, after protests from citizens, the Committee called Difendiamo Il in Geosito cave of the Capuchins, the original project was changed in November 2014 to protect.

Among the modifications, there are some works aiming to reduce the visual impact of the amphitheatre at a distance of six meters from the wall of the quarry: then the stands will be based on the natural slope existing on the South side.

                                     
  • there. In particular inside one of these quarries now Geosite Travertino della Cava Cappuccini Alcamo they have found remains a natural cast of the brain
  • archaeological finds from the Neolithic have been found. The Geosite Travertino della Cava Cappuccini dating back to Pleistocene: they discovered here the fossilized

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