La Brea Tar Pits up for renovation. Know about its past and present!


The archaeological landmark, La Brea Tar Pits is being planned for a makeover. La Brea Tar Pits is a collection of tar pits in the urban state of Los Angeles. Hancock Park was formed around these tar pits. For tens of thousands of years, this area has experienced natural asphalt oozing out from the ground. The tar is usually covered with leaves, water, and dust. It has a considerable history of trapping wild animals, which could not make their way out of the tar and ended up dying in it. Hence over several years, several bones are preserved in the tar pits. A museum namely, George C. Page Museum has been set up to facilitate research involving the tar pits and the animals that ended their lives in them. The tar pits are visible due to the excavations carried out by the researchers in search of the animal bones. La Brea Tar Pits are registered as the National Natural Landmark. The infamous tar pits are a landmark of Southern California’s prehistoric past. This archaeological landmark is being planned for a renovation. This is a significant attraction for people all over the world as this is the only place where one can witness an urban Ice Age fossil excavation site. The asphalt has preserved fossils which date back to over 50,000 years. The President and Director of Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County has quoted, “They are the best collection of Ice Age fossils in the world, and is the place truly where you can see excavation all the way through to preparation, study and research to the presentation.”The officials are of the view of renovating the museum to ‘encapsulate more modern museum learning.’ The start date has not been announced though sometime during the spring, the work will get on its course.



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