Melka Kunture and Balchit

Photo by Michael Novins.

Melka Kunture and Balchit is part of the Tentative list of Ethiopia in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

Melka Kunture is an ancient volcanic landscape in the Awash Valley used by humans since prehistory. Tens of thousands of lithic tools, faunal and sometime human fossilized remains have been discovered. The tools were mainly made of obsidian, of which the primary source is at Balchit.

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The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.

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Full Name
Melka Kunture and Balchit
Country
Ethiopia
Added
2020
Type
Mixed
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2020 Revision

Renomination of "Melka Kunture and Balchit Archaeological Site" (2012)

2020 Added to Tentative List

2012 Revision

Bachilt Archaeological Site added to the nomination

1981 Deferred

At Bureau - Need Tentative List

1980 Deferred

1979 Deferred

Bureau meeting - info requested in 78 still not in place

1978 Deferred

Bureau meeting - info requested

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