Cesari is director of the Prehistoric Centre at Filitosa and president
of the association Les Amis de Filitosa (Friends of Filitosa)
How was created
the prehistoric centre of Filitosa?
My father Charles-Antoine
Cesari bought a large estate here at Filitosa in 1946. He wanted
to start horse breeding, but when he began to cut the brushwood
he discovered several statue-menhirs lying at the foot of a mound
within his property. He also found the remains of some ancient
buildings. Mr Roger Grosjean then took a systematic dig at Filitosa.
Since then, the site has been maintained by my family.
What is Filitosa
It is the most beautiful
window open on Corsican prehistory.
How many vistors
come to Filitosa each year?
Almost 500,000 in
seven months, as we are open to the public from April to October.
How is managed
It has always been
a private site. At the beginning it was my father that funded
everything. Now it is a private association, Les Amis de Filitosa
(Friends of Filitosa) that manages the site. Filitosa is now in
the Unesco's World Heritage Sites list. But if it is well known
is because we are working a lot to promote it. Other prehistoric
sites in Corsica are in care of the Region and it hasn't made
the most out of them yet. But things are changing and the Region
seems very interested in outlining the value of Corsican archaeological
Do you think
that it would be possible to make new archaeological discoveries
I am sure it is.
I personally know some shepherds that showed me prehistoric sites
that haven't been listed yet by the archaeologists. But as these
sites lie on their lands, they want to keep them hidden in the
brushwood. Anyway, archaeology is a brand new science in Corsica:
there is still much to be discovered.
I think that visitors
need more facilities and activities, so we are planning a "son
et lumière" show. Maybe next year...