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Krzemionki Opatowskie on the UNESCO World Heritage List


On 6 July, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee during its 43th session in Baku, Azerbaijan, decided to add the Krzemionki Prehistoric Striped Flint Mining Region to the World Heritage List. It is Poland’s 16th site inscribed on the World Heritage List.

Krzemionki Opatowskie

The prehistoric mining region in the Krzemionki Opatowskie reserve is situated in the north-eastern tip of the Swietokrzyskie Mountains. It is the site of prehistoric flint mines that operated here from about 3900 to 1600 BCE in the Neolithic and the Early Bronze Age. The Krzemionki ensemble of mines is one of the largest sites of prehistoric industrial archaeological legacy known to date. It is unique in featuring the preserved traces of prehistoric activity of man that involved flint extraction and processing across a huge area.

The World Heritage Committee (WHC) comprises 21 countries. The Committee decides on general policy and principles for the implementation of the 1972 Convention Concerning the Protection of the World’s Cultural and Natural Heritage. Poland was a member of the Committee two times: in 1976–1978 (just after the Convention was ratified in 1976) and in 2013–2017. In 2017, Poland took chairmanship of the Committee (Prof. J. Purchla) and, at the turn of June and July 2017, hosted its 41st session.


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Fot. Przemysław Graf/Reporter/EastNews