Promoting the rich flora of the Lesvos Petrified Forest!
Impressive leafy horizons and leaves from the new fossil-bearing sites in the Lesvos Petrified Forest offer valuable information about the unique forest ecosystem.
A large number of fossilized leaves were found during the salvage excavations carried out at the construction site of the new Kalloni – Sigri road. These highly sensitive fossils are unique findings of our natural heritage.
Due to their great scientific value and their sensitivity to external conditions, they were carefully transported for protection reasons from the excavation site to the Museum’s laboratories, where the process of their cleaning and conservation has begun.
The art and science of conserving the plant fossils of the Lesvos Petrified Forest promotes the rich flora of the Petrified Forest while at the same time it is a basic condition for their effective protection and preservation.
The conservation of the fossil leaves is carried out by a special team of conservators using innovative preservation techniques, aiming to preserve the fossils, slow down their decay and in some cases restore their shape so that they can then be exhibited to the public.
These impressive and at the same time extremely rare and sensitive leaf fossils, after careful cleaning and conservation, reveal to us the secrets of the environment, the space and the climate of the area in which they lived about 18 million years ago.
Let’s discover the rich flora of the Lesvos Petrified Forest, but also the secrets of its preservation and promotion.