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Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian

China
Factors affecting the property in 1996*
  • Financial resources
  • Interpretative and visitation facilities
  • Management systems/ management plan
  • Other Threats:

    Lack of maintenance ; Halt of site excavations

Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
  • Unstable archaeological strata and cave roof
  • Need to prepare the master plan of the site giving priority to the remodelling of the museum facilities
International Assistance: requests for the property until 1996
Requests approved: 1 (from 1993-1993)
Total amount approved : 26,000 USD
Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1996

A UNESCO mission, undertaken in September 1996, revealed a number of major problems, including complete halt of site excavations, since a number of years due to lack of research funds and lack of adequate maintenance of the site. The site museum needs to be refurbished, including better presentation of the findings. From the point of view of continuity of excavations in the future, the lack of a new generation of researchers constitutes another serious problem.

Analysis and Conclusion by World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies in 1996

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

"The Bureau takes note of the report provided by the Secretariat and requests the authorities of China to inform the Committee of the management and research programme for this site."

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 1996
20 COM VII.D.47/48
SOC: Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian (People's Republic of China)

VII.47 Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian (People's Republic of China)

A UNESCO mission, undertaken in September 1996, revealed a number of major problems, including the complete halt of site excavations, lack of adequate maintenance of the site and the lack of a new generation of researchers.

The Committee took note of the report provided by the Director of the UNESCO Division for Cultural Heritage who attended the first international Technical Committee on the Peking Man Site from 25 to 27 November 1996. The Technical Committee recommended enhancement in the protection of the site, especially the Upper Cave, improvement of the site museum and research facilities as well as to further scientific research.

Report year: 1996
China
Date of Inscription: 1987
Category: Cultural
Criteria: (iii)(vi)
Documents examined by the Committee
arrow_circle_right 20COM (1996)
Exports

* : 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.


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