The Vodlozero National Park is one of Russiaâ€™s beautiful nature reserves. It was nominated for inclusion as a natural World Heritage Site in 1996 but this inscription was unfortunately declined. The park covers some 0.58 million hectares and it features a number of complex archaeological memorials which are all concentrated in one small area. The more than fifty different sites were once the living area of two different cultures and thus the park is seen as being an important because it enables archaeologists to study the relationship and contact between two ancient tribes in this particular region. Currently efforts to include the park as a â€˜cultural landscapeâ€™ on the World Heritage List are underway. If these efforts are successful, it is likely that this status will go a long way to the continued preservation of the area.