Since 1972 UNESCO has been compiling a list of World Heritage sites, worthy of protection and conservation for the long-term. Written by someone who has been involved with the selection of sites for UNESCO, this book presents a personal insight into the process and what inspires and guides the decision-making of its members. Peter Fowler examines the idea of a `cultural landscape', how it is defined and why some landscapes are important and others less so. Guiding the reader through some of the cultural landscapes designated as a World Heritage Site, he also reveals some of the politics involved, the rivalry between areas seeking protection and the contentious issues that arise. Including Mount Athos in Greece, Tikal National Park in Guatemala, Kakadu National Park in Australia, the Isles of Scilly and Hadrian's Wall, it will be a thoroughly interesting and engaging book for anyone interested in the preservation of our cultural heritage worldwide.
Peter Fowler is now a consultant, writer and painter, based in London and Languedoc. He was formerly Secretary to the Royal Commission on Historical Monuments (England) and Professor of Archaeology at Newcastle University. He has been closely involved with the selection of landscapes appropriate for World Heritage inscription.
List of Illustrations; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Preface; Landscape and World Heritage; The Idea of Cultural Landscape; The First World Heritage Cultural Landscapes, 1993-95: Australasia and South East Asia; Inscriptions, 1995-98: Europe and South West Asia; The Idea Develops, 1999-2003; Britain and Cultural Landscapes; Landscapes of Stonehenge and Avebury; Cultural Landscape Values: Europe and the British Isles; Contentious landscapes, 1993-2003; Conserving Cultural Landscapes; Reviewing the Achievement: World Heritage Cultural Landscapes, 1993-2003; 'A Global, Noble Concept'? Notes to the Chapters; Bibliography; Index.