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Heritage 2018, 1(2), 189-206; https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage1020013

Roadmap for the Nomination of Reconstructed Cultural Properties for Inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List

Independent Researcher, Kuwait City, Kuwait
Received: 27 August 2018 / Revised: 17 September 2018 / Accepted: 21 September 2018 / Published: 23 September 2018
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Guidance on reconstruction is being prepared to implement recent decisions of the World Heritage (WH) Committee. Special attention is given to reconstruction post-inscription within the framework of the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of destroyed cultural WH properties. However, guidance must also cover reconstruction pre-inscription because destroyed properties on the Tentative Lists of States Parties may be reconstructed and nominated for inscription on the WH List in the future. This article shifts the attention towards the latter. It revisits the pillars of OUV and elucidates the relation between key concepts to develop a roadmap for new nominations in line with the WH Convention and the growing understanding of heritage as dynamic process in scholarly literature. It explains that States Parties must provide a statement of cultural significance (SCS) to meet the qualifying condition of continuity, and a heritage impact report (HIR) to meet the qualifying conditions of compatibility and distinction. Cultural criteria (i)–(vi) form a reminder list rather than a selection list in the roadmap. The SCS and HIR are, instead, the criteria on the basis of which reconstructed cultural properties may be inscribed. Moreover, authenticity and integrity are rendered redundant by the three qualifying conditions. As a result, this article makes a timely, original, academic and operational contribution to the ongoing preparation of guidance at the international level. View Full-Text
Keywords: World Heritage List; cultural heritage; nomination; reconstructed cultural property; reconstruction; pillars of Outstanding Universal Value; pre-inscription World Heritage List; cultural heritage; nomination; reconstructed cultural property; reconstruction; pillars of Outstanding Universal Value; pre-inscription
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Khalaf, R.W. Roadmap for the Nomination of Reconstructed Cultural Properties for Inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Heritage 2018, 1, 189-206.

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