Twenty-six new sites were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in Doha, Qatar in June. The brick, walled and moated Pyu cities of Halin, Beikthano and Sri Ksetra are Burma’s (Myanmar’s) first, joining other 1007 sites in 161 countries. Below are a handful of the 2014 inductees. whc.unesco.org/en/newproperties.
• The earliest-known and best-preserved figurative drawings in the world dating from the Aurignacian period (30,000-32,000 years ago). Over 1000 have been inventoried in a cave that was discovered in 1994 near the Ardèche River in southern France.
• The Rani-ki-Vav stepwell in Gujarat, India that was built as a memorial to a king in the 11th century. The subterranean water systems evolved into multi-storey works architecture over time.
• A silk mill complex established in 1872 in the Gunma prefecture north-west of Tokyo. It consists of an experimental farm that produced cocoons as well as a cold-storage facility for silkworm eggs. The spinning of raw silk was done here, too.
• The vineyard landscape of Piedmont, Italy, which covers five distinct wine-growing areas and where vine pollen dating from the 5th century BCE has been found. The region was once a point of trade between the Etruscans and the Celts.
• The Stevns Klint geological site in Denmark that’s comprised of a 15 kilometre-long, fossil-rich coastal cliff that offers evidence of the impact of the Chicxulub meteorite that crashed into the planet 65 million years ago. Researchers think it was responsible for the disappearance of 50 percent of all life on earth.
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