Inscription: Choirokoitia (Cyprus)
Id. N°: 848
State Party: Cyprus
Criteria: C (ii)(iii)(iv)
The Committee inscribed the site on the World Heritage List on the basis of criteria (ii), (iii) and (iv):
Criterion (ii): In the prehistoric period, Cyprus played a key role in the transmission of culture from the Near East to the European world.
Criterion (iii): Choirokhoitia is an exceptionally well preserved archaeological site that has provided, and will continue to provide, scientific data of great importance relating to the spread of civilization from Asia to the Mediterranean world.
Criterion (iv): Both the excavated remains and the untouched part of Choirokhoitia demonstrate clearly the origins of protourban settlement in the Mediterranean region and beyond.
Several delegates supported the inscription of this property for its importance in the study of exchanges between the populations of the eastern Mediterranean and the process of urbanization.