1.         Archaeological Sites of Bat, Al-Khutm and Al-Ayn (Oman) (C 434)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1988

Criteria  (iii)(iv)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger  N/A

Previous Committee Decisions  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/434/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1988-1988)
Total amount approved: USD 6,500
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/434/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

September 1996: UNESCO experts mission

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/434/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1996

On the occasion of a mission sent to Oman from 14 to 21 September 1996, UNESCO experts noted that several structures of the site of Bat are now protected by wire fence enclosures, but that several repairs or preventive measures should be taken, in agreement with the wishes of the Omani authorities.

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and ICCROM

The Bureau may wish to adopt the following text and transmit it to the Committee for noting:

"Having noted the Secretariat report on the state of conservation of the archaeological site of Bat, the Bureau thanked the Omani authorities for preserving the structures of the site and encouraged them to implement as quickly as possible the additional measures already foreseen:

- repair of the fenced enclosures;

- diversion of the course of the neighbouring Wadi which threatens the protection of the site;

- discreet marking in-situ, by appropriate methods, of the position of the stones still in place in the walls.

- reinforcement of the security guards to avoid the theft of the blocks of stone."

Decision Adopted: 20 COM VII.D.69

VII.69 Archaeological sites of Bat, AI-Khutun and AI-Ayn (Oman)

On the occasion of a mission sent to Oman from 14 to 21 September 1996, UNESCO experts noted that several structures of the site of Bat are now protected by wire fence enclosures, but that several repairs and preventive measures should be taken.

Having noted the Secretariat report on the state of conservation of the archaeological site of Bat, the Bureau thanked the Omani authorities for preserving the structures of the site and encouraged them to implement as quickly as possible the additional measures already foreseen:

- repair of the fenced enclosures;

- diversion of the course of the neighbouring Wadi which threatens the protection of the site;

- discreet marking in-situ, by appropriate methods, 0f the position of the stones still in place in the walls;

- reinforcement of the security guards to avoid the theft of the blocks of stone.