Desert Cultural Landscapes

Cultural WHS where the OUV derives from its desert location. Sites do not have to be Cultural Landscapes per se.

Connected Sites

Site Rationale Link
Agadez Crit iv "From the 15th century, Agadez, "the gateway to the desert", became an exceptional crossroads for the caravan trade."
Ancient ksours Crit iii "The Ksour bear unique witness to a nomadic culture and trade in a desert environment. "
Chankillo Archaeoastronomical Complex The site exemplifies human interaction with a desert landscape and skyscape in a way that remarkably incorporates natural elements within the astronomical function, giving them a value similar to that of constructed elements. (Executive summary, p. 3-4)
Chinchorro Culture The property is made up of the places where the Chinchorro groups coexisted in equilibrium with their desert environment, which in itself is perhaps what made their complex forms of expression possible. (Chinchorro Culture Nomination Text, p. 88)
Himā Cultural area The OUV of the nominated Property derives from several factors. The overarching cultural role implied by its name reflects the site's historical function as one of the most important desert wells in the Middle East, if not the world. The passage of vast armies and myriad caravans has resulted in an unequalled historical 'library on rock', comprising massive numbers of rock inscriptions and petroglyphs that reflect Arabia's history over the duration of the Holocene period. (...) The pristine preservation and spectacular desert setting also add to the OUV of the Property. (nom file p5)
Incense Route of the Negev Criterion (v): The almost fossilized remains of towns, forts, caravanserais and sophisticated agricultural systems strung out along the Incense Route in the Negev desert, display an outstanding response to a hostile desert environment and one that flourished for five centuries.
Maymand Semi-desert, State Party is advised to promote the concept of Desert Cultural Landscapes
Meroe Crit v "The major centres of human activity far from the Nile at Musawwarat and Naqa raise questions as to their viability in what is today an arid zone devoid of permanent human settlement. They offer the possibility, through a detailed study of the palaeoclimate, flora, and fauna, of understanding the interaction of the Kushites with their desert hinterland."
Rock Art in the Hail Region Great Nafud Desert
ǂKhomani Cultural Landscape


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