by Katrin Hieke

One step closer to World Heritage status for Gibraltar

Photo: J.C. Finlayson

Ahead of the vote at the 40th Session of the World Heritage Committee in July 2016, the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), the official advisory body of the World Heritage Committee for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention of UNESCO, has officially recommended that the site known as the ‘Gibraltar Neanderthal Caves and Environments’ be inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The site, including Gorham’s Cave and others, are regarded as “remarkable and deserving of protection and conservation”. The caves provide an exceptional testimony to the occupation, cultural traditions and material culture of Neanderthal and Early Modern Human populations through a period spanning more than 125,000 years.

Gibraltar's nomination will be considered at the 40th ordinary session of the World Heritage Committee in Istanbul, Turkey, 10-20 July, 2016.
More details of the application >> here.

Next year, yet another of our network members will be looking forward to the decicion by the World Heritage Committee: the Prehistory Museum of Blaubeuren, Germany, regarding the application of the Caves with the Oldest Ice Age Art.
More information >> here.

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