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Iran’s Hyrcanian Forests added to UNESCO World Heritage List

Iran’s Hyrcanian Forests added to UNESCO World Heritage List

Tehran: The UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has voted to add Iran’s Hyrcanian forests to its list of World Heritage Sites. The announcement was made by UNESCO in the Azeri capital Baku where the World Heritage Committee has been holding its meeting. “The floristic biodiversity of the broad-leaved forests that date back 25 […]

Ancient city of Babylon designated UNESCO World Heritage Site

Ancient city of Babylon designated UNESCO World Heritage Site

Babylon, the capital of ancient Babylonian empire and a unique testimony to one of the most influential empires of the ancient world, was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The UNESCO World Heritage Committee (WHC) announced on July 6 in a meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan, that “Babylon, an ancient city near the capital, Hilla, […]

Mounded Tombs of Ancient Japan added to World Heritage list

Mounded Tombs of Ancient Japan added to World Heritage list

Two tumulus clusters in western Japan that represent an outstanding type of ancient East Asian burial mound construction and the hierarchy of society at the time have been added to the World Heritage list. Located on a plateau above the Osaka Plain, the site, called Mozu-Furuichi tumulus clusters, includes 49 kofun (old mounds in Japanese) […]

UNESCO adds Bahrain’s Dilmun Burial Mounds to World Heritage list

UNESCO adds Bahrain’s Dilmun Burial Mounds to World Heritage list

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee has inscribed Bahrain’s Dilmun Burial Mounds on the World Heritage list. The decision was made during the 43rd session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. Dilmun Burial Mounds is Bahrain’s third site to be designated on the World Heritage list, following Ancient Qalat Al […]

The Diplomat’s Wife who stole Middle Eastern Treasures

The Diplomat’s Wife who stole Middle Eastern Treasures

Egyptian researcher of Egypt’s Heritage Taskforce Monica Hanna has uncovered the worst case of illegal pirating by Australian citizen Joan Howard, wife of Keith Howard who served as the Australian diplomat for the United Nations in 1967. In her open letter to H.E. Neil Hawkins (Ambassador of Australia to Egypt) Monica Hanna wrote about Joan […]

UNESCO adds 26 new sites on World Heritage List

UNESCO adds 26 new sites on World Heritage List

PARIS, July 2 (Xinhua) — A total of 26 new sites have been inscribed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List this year, with Russia’s Lena Pillars Nature Park being the last to join in on Monday, the Paris-based UNESCO said in a statement. The inscriptions were approved during the 36th session of the UNESCO World […]

‘Watering of Girls’ as Easter Celebration

‘Watering of Girls’ as Easter Celebration

HOLLOKO, Hungary — Men pour water at a girl as part of traditional Easter celebrations, during a media presentation in Holloko, 100 km northeast of Budapest, Hungary, on March 28, 2012. Holloko, which was inscribed upon the World Heritage List, will celebrate Easter next weekend with the traditional “watering of girls”. <Xinhua/Attila Volgyi> news@theasian.asia

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