Bada Valley: a fascinating megalithic wilderness
The Bada Valley, sometimes referred to as Napu Valley, is situated in the Lore Lindou National Park on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi and has an area of around 840 square meters. Due to the uniqueness of its fauna and unusual plant species, the park has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It also has more than 400 mysterious granite megaliths.
These remarkable monuments may range in height from a few centimeters to four meters, with some almost totally buried and others covered in grass. Their exact origins are unknown, however, some researchers think that they date from between 5000 BC and 1400 A.D.
The sculptures were unearthed in 1908 and have been the subject of intense archaeological investigation, although nothing is known about them. While 30 of the statues have human characteristics, similar to the Moai on Easter Island, other sculptures have unusual shapes.
The origin and function of these stone sculptures have so far eluded scientific explanation. Their cataloging just started in 2001, and they’ve been linked to ancient tribal religions from an unknown civilization.
Another enigma is the material and equipment utilized in their construction, as well as the fact that the monoliths’ stone has yet to be discovered on the island. That indicates that he was brought here. Another enigma is that no buildings or human habitation remnants have been discovered in the area.
Are the megaliths in Bad Valley merely the remains of an unnamed civilization? It’s becoming more difficult to keep these gorgeous stone giants safe as new answers arrive. At least 60 sculptures have vanished from the region since the last census in 2005, presumably sold to unscrupulous European and American collectors.