Heritage Sites of Astronomy and Archaeoastronomy in the context of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention: Thematic Study no.2

(2017) Heritage Sites of Astronomy and Archaeoastronomy in the context of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention: Thematic Study no.2. Other. ICOMOS / International Astronomical Union, Paris, 304p. ISBN 978-2-918086-19-2 (e-book). [Book]

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Abstract (in English)

"Following the publication of the first ICOMOS–IAU Thematic Study (“TS1”) in 2010, the IAU requested its Working Group on Astronomy and World Heritage to develop particular case studies in greater detail, so as to explore further and clarify some of the key issues highlighted in TS1 that can arise in the particular case of astronomical heritage sites. In doing so, it would further encourage and aid State Parties in the development of nominations. In collaboration with ICOMOS, nine “extended case studies” were duly prepared for discussion at a workshop held at Mount Cook, New Zealand, in June 2012 and presented at the IAU General Assembly in August of that year. A particularly complex issue is the recognition and protection of dark skies. Dark sky areas cannot in themselves be considered as potential World Heritage Sites, but a thematic chapter by Michel Cotte considers a range of ways in which dark sky values can be interrelated with broader cultural or natural values of a place and thereby contribute to its overall cultural or natural value and potential OUV. Other issues explored in TS2 include the need to balance archaeoastronomical considerations in the context of broader archaeological and cultural values; the potential for serial nominations, for example among groups of monuments whose astronomical significance is only evident from the group as a whole; and management issues such as preserving the integrity of astronomical sightlines through the landscape. The case studies included in TS2 include seven-stone antas (prehistoric dolmens) in Portugal and Spain, the thirteen towers of Chankillo in Peru, the astronomical timing of irrigation in Oman, Pic du Midi de Bigorre Observatory in France, Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, and Aoraki–Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve in New Zealand. A case study on Stonehenge, already a World Heritage Site, focuses on preserving the integrity of the solstitial sightlines." Source: UNESCO portal to the heritage of astronomy

Item Type: Book (Other)
Editors:
EditorsEmail
Ruggles, CliveUNSPECIFIED
Corporate Authors: ICOMOS; IAU
Languages: English
Keywords: World Heritage; astronomy; archaeoastronomy; World Heritage Convention; astronomical heritage; historic sites; case studies; world heritage sites; world heritage list; serial properties; natural disasters; values; cultural significance; prehistoric sites; stone alignments
Subjects: F.SCIENTIFIC TECHNIQUES AND METHODOLOGIES OF CONSERVATION > 25. Heritage documentation
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 09. Historic buildings
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 23. Scientific heritage
M.WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION > 01. Generalities
M.WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION > 03. World Heritage List
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites, UK; Aflaj Irrigation Systems of Oman
UNESCO WHC Number: 373bis; 1207
National Committee: ICOMOS
Number of Pages: 304
ISBN: 978-2-918086-19-2 (e-book)
Depositing User: Mrs Lucile Smirnov
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2018 15:10
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2018 15:43
URI: http://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/1856

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