Unesco to protect 29 new sites around the world
The unique selections from around the world were announced the beginning of last week at this year's meeting in Doha, Qatar — bringing the number of sites on the Unesco World Heritage List to 1,010. The sessions continue through to today with more sites to potentially be approved.
The latest additions to the list include the Qhapaq Ñan road system, the hand-decorated cave of Pont d'Arc in the Ardèche region of France — which has the earliest known and most preserved figurative drawings in the world, dating back some 32,000 years — and the iconic earthworks of Poverty Point in the Lower Mississippi Valley of Louisiana, a settlement for hunter fisher-gatherers that dates from between 3,700 and 3,200 B.C.
Also added were the first sites from Myanmar, long known as Burma: the Pyu Ancient Cities, the Silk Roads, a trade route that linked regions of China and Asia from the second century B.C. until the 16th century, the Grand Canal in China, which goes back to the fifth century B.C. and many more.