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6,000-year-old Aboriginal site among 29 new UNESCO World Heritage listings 2019

Christian Fleetwood

Christian Fleetwood

UNESCO has added 29 new World Heritage Sites to its registry for 2019, with Australia’s Budj Bim Cultural Landscape among them.

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Following its 43rd annual committee session in Baku, Azerbaijan, UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee has added 29 new cultural and natural sites from around the world to its World Heritage List.

Among them is the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape, found within the Country of the Gunditjmara people of southwest Victoria, a region where the people of the region developed one of the largest and oldest aquaculture networks in the world 6,000 years ago, owing to lava flows from the Budj Bim Volcano.

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The Budj Bim landscape has provided the region’s population with an economic and social base for six millennia.

Culture, as a category, holds the majority for sites added to the list, with 24 inscribed for their cultural value and four for their natural value.

The committee also approved the extension of an existing site in Albania, the Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ohrid region in North Macedonia, while the Paraty and Ilha Grande site of Brazil was inscribed for its mixed cultural and natural value.

Here’s the full list of new World Heritage Sites for 2019:

Australia: Budj Bim Cultural Landscape

Azerbaijan: Historic Centre of Sheki with the Khan’s Palace

Bahrain: Dilmun Burial Mounds

Brazil: Paraty and Ilha Grande – Culture and Biodiversity

Burkina Faso: Ancient ferrous metallurgy sites of Burkina Faso

Canada: Writing-on-Stone/Áísínai’pi

China: Archaeological Ruins of Liangzhu City

China: Migratory Bird Sanctuaries along the Coast of Yellow Sea-Bohai Gulf of China, Phase I

Czech Republic: Landscape for Breeding and Training of Ceremonial Carriage Horses at Kladruby nad Labem

Czech Republic/Germany: Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří Mining Region

France: French Austral Lands and Seas

Germany: Water Management System of Augsburg

Iceland: Vatnajökull National Park

India: Jaipur City, Rajasthan

Indonesia: Ombilin Coal Mining Heritage of Sawahlunto

Iran: Hyrcanian Forests

Iraq: Babylon

Italy: Le Colline del Prosecco di Conegliano a Valdobbiadene

Japan: Mozu-Furuichi Kofun Group: Mounded Tombs of Ancient Japan

Republic of Korea: Seowon, Korean Neo-Confucian Academies

Lao People’s Democratic Republic: Megalithic Jar Sites in Xiengkhuang — Plain of Jars

Myanmar: Bagan

Poland: Krzemionki Prehistoric Striped Flint Mining Region

Portugal: Royal Building of Mafra — Palace, Basilica, Convent, Cerco Garden and Hunting Park, Tapada

Portugal: Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte in Braga

Russian Federation: Churches of the Pskov School of Architecture

Spain: Risco Caido and the Sacred Mountains of Gran Canaria Cultural Landscape

United Kingdom: Jodrell Bank Observatory

United States: The 20th-Century Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright

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