Unesco adds new sites

The United Nations cultural agency Unesco has added 27 new sites at its 32nd session. Meeting for in Quebec, the Unesco committee added cultural sites ranging from the 10,000-year-old agriculture in Papua New Guinea to 20th-century social housing in Berlin.The most modern site ever accepted for the Unesco list is a collection of six Berlin housing developments, built between 1913 and 1934.

Papua New Guinea’s first designated heritage site of Kuk consists of an archaeological excavation that uncovered patterns of agricultural development on a reclaimed wetland that has been worked by people almost continuously for 10,000 years.

Other additions included: Preah Vihear Temple (Cambodia); Fujian Tulou (China); Stari Grad Plain (Croatia); Historic Centre of Camagüey (Cuba); Fortifications of Vauban (France); Armenian Monastic Ensembles (Iran); Baha’i Holy Places in Haifa and Western Galilee (Israel); Mantua and Sabbioneta (Italy); The Mijikenda Kaya Forests (Kenya); Melaka and George Town, historic cities of the Straits of Malacca (Malaysia); Protective town of San Miguel and the Sanctuary of Jesœs de Nazareno de Atotonilco (Mexico); Le Morne Cultural Landscape (Mauritius); San Marino Historic Centre and Mount Titano (San Marino); Archaeological Site of Al-Hijr (Mad‰in S‰lih) (Saudi Arabia); The Wooden Churches of the Slovak part of Carpathian Mountain Area (Slovakia); Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Cultural Landscape (Switzerland and Italy) and Chief Roi Mata’s Domain (Vanuatu).