22 May 2008
This workshop will bring together the relevant authorities of each State Party in the nomination plan (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan), as well as international experts from UNESCO and ICOMOS.The workshop will discuss the challenges and opportunities for a possible World Heritage serial nomination on Central Asian Petroglyphs, as well as develop a common nomination strategy.
It will aim to create a basic dialogue and to provide guidance and advice for the identification, assessment and evaluation of potential sites. The workshop also will review the state of conservation of the potential sites for World Heritage nomination.
The workshop is, therefore, the first milestone of this initiative.
Central Asia is unusually rich in the archaeological heritage of petroglyphs dating from as early as the 4th millennium before our era, possibly even earlier, and continuing to the Iron and Middle Ages.
The Tentative World Heritage Lists of the Central Asian Republics include famous petroglyph sites in each country, such as Arpauzen, Eshkiolmes in Kazakhstan; Saimaly-Tash, Cholpon-Ata in Kyrgyzstan and Sarmishsay, Siypantosh, Zarautsoy in Uzbekistan. However, to date only Tamgaly has been nominated and has been inscribed in the list in 2004.