Nias island to be recommended for World Heritage status

The island of Nias in Sumatra, Indonesia is to be recommended for inclusion into the UNESCO World Heritage site list. Nias is noted archaeologically for its megaliths.

26 May 2007 (The Jakarta Post) – The island of Nias in Sumatra, Indonesia is to be recommended for inclusion into the UNESCO World Heritage site list. Nias is noted archaeologically for its megaliths.

Nias touted for world heritage designation

The central government will support a bid to include Nias Island, in North Sumatra, as a world heritage site.

Representatives from various organizations, academics, researchers, the government and members of the general public attended a meeting Friday in Medan, North Sumatra, to discuss the bid.

The meeting was organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in cooperation with the Culture and Tourism Ministry, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and North Sumatra University.

Head of the World Heritage Center’s working committee, Risman Musa, said Nias had a good chance of being listed as a world heritage site, due to its unique cultural heritage.

The island boasts traditional houses which date back hundreds of years, megalithic sites and artifacts, traditional villages, a variety of local languages, special handicrafts and traditional architecture.

Read more about the bid to name Nias Island as a World Heritage site.

Related Books:
Forgotten Kingdoms in Sumatra (Oxford Paperback Reference) by F. M. Schnitger

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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