Inscription: The Archaeological Zone of Paquimé, Casas Grandes (Mexico)
Property: The Archaeological Zone of Paquimé, Casas Grandes
Id. N°: 560rev
State Party: Mexico
Criteria: C (iii)(iv)
The Committee inscribed this property on the World Heritage List on the basis of criteria (iii) and (iv):
Criterion (iii): Paquimé Casas Grandes bears eloquent and abundant testimony to an important element in the cultural evolution of North America, and in particular to prehispanic commercial and cultural links.
Criterion (iv): The extensive remains of the archaeological site of Paquimé Casas Grandes provide exceptional evidence of the development of adobe architecture in North America, and in particular of the blending of this with the more advanced techniques of Mesoamerica.
The Delegate of Morocco asked if criterion (v) could be used in this case. ICOMOS clarified that criterion (v) is for use in cases of living traditional human settlements.