Impressive root systems and standing petrified trunks in excellent condition, invite you to reveal the history of the Lesvos Petrified Forest.
Impressive root systems and standing petrified trunks in excellent condition invite you to reveal the history of the Lesvos Petrified Forest.
Impressive root systems and standing petrified trunks in excellent condition, invite you to reveal the history of the Lesvos Petrified Forest. The Sigri Park preserves evidence of the rarity of the fossilized trees that appear rooted in their original positions.
Along the walking trails you can visit and admire the most important finds of the area, the roots of the fossilized trees, which are preserved in a full stage of development, proving that the trees were fossilized in their original positions. Impressive standing fossilized trunks of angiosperms and conifer trees with unique colors and a great number of fossilized twigs, leaves and cones of unique scientific value, emerge from the layers of volcanic ash surrounding them. At the same time, in the area of the Park you can admire the large parts of fossilized tree trunks that have been transported there for storage and conservation.
At the Sirgi Park you can walk upon the two horizons-layers of volcanic rocks, in which the fossils are found. The upper horizon consists of large epiclastic rocks, in which large chunks of lava of irregular shapes are located in a fine grained main mass. Its thickness reaches approximately 20m. In this horizon, during the excavations, nine fossilized tree trunks were discovered. Walking on the lower horizon you can get to know the fine-grained volcanic material that dominates the area and especially the volcanic ash. Five fossil trunks were discovered in this horizon, which are in their original position. The fine-grained volcanic material contributed to the preservation of delicate parts of plants, such as twigs, leaves of angiosperm trees, various species of the Laurel family, such as cinnamon leaves, fruits and parts of root knots. A lawn with a variety of twigs, needles and pine cones was also discovered in this horizon.
At the Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest you can find the Guide to the Sigri Park that provides detailed information about all the fossil-bearing positions and the walking trails.
Monday: Closed | Tuesday-Sunday: 8.00-16.00
Sigri, Lesvos island, P.C. - 81103
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