UNESCO visits Karbala to assess historical sites


Share post:

A UNESCO delegation will visit archaeological sites in Karbala province with a view to recognizing them as of global importance. It is hoped that the UN agency will provide funds for the protection of the sites. 

The Deputy Chairman of the Karbala provincial council, Nassif Jassem al-Khutabi, told AKnews that the delegation will visit Qasier Church, one of the oldest churches of the Middle East, Ukhaydir fort, which dates back to the Abbasid era over 1000 years ago and the Neolithic al-Tar caves, among others. 

“There are more than 80 ancient sites that are hoped to be included within the protected sites of UNESCO,” he said. 

“The delegation expressed its desire to cooperate with the local government to provide a safe environment for foreign tourists to visit these sites.” 

Chairperson of the Tourism and Antiquities Committee, Dr. Iftikhar Abbas, said the sites are in great need to protection.

“Most of these areas were looted due to the lack of fences. They’ve also been damaged by changes in weather conditions.” He called for the government to “give archaeological sites greater importance as they constitute an important financial resource for the country.” 

Karbala is a desert province located to the southwest of Baghdad. 

Author: Hassoun al-Haffar | Source: Ak News [June 20, 2011]



Related articles

Water striders illustrate evolutionary processes

How do new species arise and diversify in nature? Natural selection offers an explanation, but the genetic and...

Turkey to pursue return of Knidos treasures

The southern Turkish province of Muğla's Datça Municipality has initiated a project to repatriate the historical artifacts belonging...

Archaeologists and Native Americans team up to interpret the past, shape the future

Who owns the dead? In the U.S. this question has long been a source of tension between archaeologists...

Study reveals true origin of oldest evidence of animals

Two teams of scientists have resolved a longstanding controversy surrounding the origins of complex life on Earth.Sponge The...

Were ancient Panamanian islanders dolphin hunters?

Precolombian seafarers left what is now mainland Panama to settle on Pedro González Island in the Perlas archipelago...

Young magnetar likely the slowest pulsar ever detected

Using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and other X-ray observatories, astronomers have found evidence for what is likely one...

Conserved microRNAs may regulate limb regeneration in evolutionarily distant species

Several conserved microRNAs, or short, highly conserved noncoding RNAs that are targeted to and inhibit expression of specific...

Stone Age site in Israel yields earliest evidence of legume cultivation

A new site dating to the Stone Age was exposed in large scale archaeological excavations the Israel Antiquities...