Rock Art: Heritage

During the last twenty years, UNESCO has worked for the rock art is recognized among the expressions of human creation that is necessary to disclose and above all, to safeguard.

The University of rock art, preserved over the millennia and through different continents, shows even today, by the richness and multiplicity of symbols, the ongoing dialogue between man and nature. It is present throughout the world: from Scandinavia to South Africa, Spain and Portugal to Siberia end, through all Asia and the Americas, distributed throughout Oceania, particularly in Australia. It is an exceptional art that in many cases has received the recognition of World Heritage.

The inclusion in the World Heritage list sets with paintings behaves in addition to the recognition of its universal relevance as a unique cultural expression, the inexcusable duty to preserve these deposits of enormous vulnerability and fragility, in order to bequeath to future generations in the best possible conditions.


Rock art areas inscribed in the World Heritage list:


Tassili n'Ajjer (Algeria), 1982


Kakadu National Park (Australia), 1981-1987-1992

Uluru-Kata Tjuta (Australia), 1987, 1994 National Park

National Park Serra da Capivara (Brazil), 1991

Cave of Altamira (Spain), 1985

Rock Art of the Mediterranean Basin on the Iberian Peninsula (Spain), 1998

(United States) Mesa Verde National Park, 1978

The painted caves Vézère Valley (France), 1979

Archaeological Boyne Valley (Ireland), 1993

The Rock Art Valcamonica (Italy), 1979

The Tadrart Acacus rock areas (Libya), 1985

The Rock Paintings of Sierra de San Francisco (Mexico), 1993

The area of ​​rock art of Alta (Norway), 1985

The rock carvings in Tanum (Sweden), 1994

Rapa Nui (Chile) National Park, 1995

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