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Out or in doubt #6

Author elsslots
#1 | Posted: 5 Apr 2009 04:12 
Some more:
(1340) Universities
Valparaiso - Catholic University of Valparaiso (is it located within the inscribed area and of any particular significance?)

(1337) Latrines
San Agustin (please name source or show photo)

(1279) Petroglyphs
Jelling (are runes also called petroglyphs?)

(1270) Petroglyphs
Madara Rider (too late – medieval - to be called a petroglyph?)

(1245) Historical Food Remains
Mapungubwe (name type of food)

(1241) Hospitals
Island of Mozambique (please name it / not mentioned in evaluation docs, is it significant?)

(1226) Minority communities
Chongoni – Chewa (Chewa are not really a minority, they are one of the predominant groups in Malawi)

(1217) Petroglyphs
Tiya (if stelae were meant: is already a separate connection; otherwise please clarify)

(1211) Petroglyphs
Aksum - Lioness of Gobedra (is this located within the borders of the WHS?)

Author Solivagant
#2 | Posted: 5 Apr 2009 05:35 | Edited by: Solivagant 
In my understanding a "Petroglyph" needs to remain (or have been intended to remain) in situ on "living rock" or be inscribed on a free standing "boulder" which largely remains such in form. Once significant "shaping" of the rock on which the inscription has been made takes place or the incision takes on a 3 dimensional aspect it becomes something else - e.g A Bas Relief or a Stelum. Also it should be an "image" rather than "script" which a Rune is.

Clearly the derivation of the word could include any and everything carved on/into "rock" - but does adopting such a definition really add any value? (Michelangelo's Statue of David as a Petroglyph - well it is carved into rock!) Among more specific definitions found on the Web are
"A carving or line drawing on rock (especially one made by prehistoric people) "
" Petroglyphs are images created by removing part of a rock surface by incising, pecking, carving, and abrading."
" a drawing scratched or otherwise etched into a rock".

Significant "ideas" encompassed by these definitions are
a. relatively "light" carving - "incision", "pecking", "Abrading"
b. "line" rather than 3D
c "Primitive"/"early"

Such definitons are always imprecise. In other areas we have generally taken the view that we go for the most specific appropriate "Connection" and try to avoid duplicating connections using only slightly different terminology. Given the above nuances of definition and the fact that we already have similar assignments for the Madera Rider and Tiya is there any benefit in duplicating them? If there were clearly a more appropriate assignment then we should remove a site from the less suitable one but is that the case with any of these?

Author Assif
#3 | Posted: 5 Apr 2009 06:49 
1245) Mapungubwe - les os, les œufs d'autruches (wiki)

1241) Mozambique - housed in the former hospital of the Holy House of Mercy (wiki)

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