1.         Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian (China) (C 449)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1987

Criteria  (iii)(vi)

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

Previous Committee Decisions  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/449/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1993-1993)
Total amount approved: USD 26,000
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/449/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

September 1996: UNESCO expert mission

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/449/

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 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:

"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."

Decision Adopted: 20 COM VII.D.47/48

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.