Recorded cultural discoveries

Cultural WHS that were not previously known and then 'discovered', although local populations may have known about them.

- discovered before 1970 (the later ones are in a separate connection, "recently discovered")
- name of discoverer and year must be given
- the discovery must relate to the WHS itself, not to a single property or smaller zone within the area

Connected Sites

Site Rationale Link
Angkor Henry Mouhot (French) is credited with 'discovering' it in 1860 although many other Westerners had visited the site before him. He certainly popularised it in the West.
Borobudur H.C. Cornelius (Dutch) on a mission sponsored by Sir Thomas Raffles in 1814
Göbekli Tepe The site was first noted in a survey conducted by Istanbul University and the University of Chicago in 1963 (wiki)
Hattusha 1834 Charles Texier
Machu Picchu Hiram J Bingham (American) 1911
Medina Azahara "With time the entire city was buried, not to be unearthed until 1911." Wiki
Moenjodaro Rakhaldas Bandyopadhyay (Indian) 1922
Nemrut Dag excavated in 1881 by Charles Sester, a German engineer assessing transport routes for the Ottomans (wiki)
Nubian Monuments Abu Simbel: Belzoni, 1817
Petra Johann Ludwig Burkhardt (Swiss) 1812
Pompei 1738, Rocque Joaquin de Alcubierre
Rapa Nui Jacob Roggeveen (Dutch) on Easter Sunday 1722
Thracian tomb of Kazanlak "Discovered by accident on 19 April 1944 under a mound of soldiers digging trenches"
Troy Charles Maclaren (Scottish) 1822 established the area, Frank Calvert (English) 1850's-60's did early excavations , Charles Schliemann 1870's provided "proof"
Tsodilo "The rock art was first sketched and brought to Western attention in 1907 by Siegfried Passarge, a German geologist." Nom file
Uluru On 19 July 1873 William Gosse reached Uluru and gave it the name Ayers Rock.
Vézère Valley Lascaux - Marcel Ravidat ; September 12, 1940


Do you know of another WHS we could connect to Recorded cultural discoveries?

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A connection should:

  1. Not be "self evident"
  2. Link at least 3 different sites
  3. Not duplicate or merely subdivide the "Category" assignment already identified on this site.
  4. Add some knowledge or insight (whether significant or trivial!) about WHS for the users of this site
  5. Be explained, with reference to a source