Decision : 27 COM 8C.31
Gebel Barkal and the Sites of the Napatan Region (Sudan)
The World Heritage Committee,
1. Noting that this property is the first to be inscribed on the World Heritage List from Sudan,
2. Inscribes Gebel Barkal and the Sites of the Napatan Region, Sudan, on the World Heritage List on the basis of cultural criteria (i), (ii), (iii), (iv) and (vi):
Criteria (i), (ii), (iii), (iv): The nominated pyramids and tombs, being also part of the special desert border landscape, on the banks of the Nile, are unique in their typology and technique. The remains are the testimony to an ancient important culture which existed and flourished in this region only;.
Criterion (vi): Since antiquity the hill of Gebel Barkal has been strongly associated with religious traditions and local folklore. For this reason, the largest temples (Amon Temple for example) were built at the foot of the hill and are still considered by the local people as sacred places.
The property consists of five archaeological sites:
N18 32 00 E31 49 00
N18 24 36 E31 46 17
N18 33 50 E31 55 00
N18 28 56 E31 49 08
N18 22 12 E31 44 28
3. Requests the State Party to work with the World Heritage Centre to finalize the management plan, including an active conservation programme with priorities, budget, appropriate staff and timelines; and to ensure full government commitment to its implementation;
4. Requests that the State Party report back to the Committee at its 28th session in 2004 on the progress made in the implementation of the management system.