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State of Conservation (SOC)

Ashur (Qal'at Sherqat)

Ashur (Qal'at Sherqat)
Date of Inscription: 2003
Nomination records (Year): 2002
Category: Cultural
Criteria: (iii)(iv)
Danger List: Yes
  • Human resources
  • Illegal activities
  • Management systems/ management plan
  • Water infrastructure
  • Other Threats:

    Lack of maintenance

Inscription on the Danger List
Year: 2003
Threats to the Site:

Ashur (Qal'at Sherqat) was inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger at the 27th session of the World Heritage Committee simultaneously with its inscription on the World Heritage List. When the property was nominated before the conflict, a large dam project threatened the site, which would have been partially flooded by a reservoir. While the dam project has been suspended by the current administration, the Committee considered that its possible future construction, as well as the present lack of adequate protection, justified the inscription of the site on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

* : The threats indicated are listed in alphabetical order; their order does not constitute a classification according to the importance of their impact on the property.
Furthermore, they are presented irrespective of the type of threat faced by the property, i.e. with specific and proven imminent danger (“ascertained danger”) or with threats which could have deleterious effects on the property’s Outstanding Universal Value (“potential danger”).

** : All mission reports are not always available electronically.