|Burnt City seeking UNESCO status||
UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee will decide on the registration of the ancient site during its next session in 2014, the director of the World Registration Office of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO), Mohammad-Hassan Talebian, told the Persian service of CHN on Monday.
“According to CHTHO policy on applying for registration of major sites and monuments on UNESCO’s list, those sites and monuments having their own study centers are our first priorities,” he said.
This is because the centers are able to provide the information necessary for the registration process, he added.
Talebian said that a UNESCO World Heritage Center program specialist is scheduled to visit the Burnt City in the near future to investigate the site.
“The specialist may provide great help and advice for preservation of the site,” he added.
The Burnt City is located 57 kilometers from the Iranian town of Zabol in Sistan-Baluchestan Province.
A 10-centimeter ruler with an accuracy of half a millimeter, an artificial eyeball, an earthenware bowl bearing the world’s oldest example of animation and many other artifacts have been discovered among the ruins of the city in the course of ten seasons of archaeological excavations.
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