Custodians Of PNG World Heritage Site Work For 10 Years To Revive Area

The Kuk site in Western Highlands is an ancient example of agriculture

By Tony Palme

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, June 22, 2017) – The Kuk World Heritage site in Western Highlands will be launched next week (June 30) after ten years of struggling to revive the historical site.

Kawelka tribe, the custodians of the land on which the site is located, through their association, Kuk Kawelka Incorporated Land Group (ILG) have invited all stakeholders in Western Highlands to witness the occasion.

ILG chairman Michael Tori said the main motive is to revive the renowned site and bring economic development into Ku Baisu area, Western Highlands and the country.

Tori outlined that Kuk has tourism, agricultural and scientific significance that they want to utilize to create economic benefits for the country.

[PIR editor's note: According the the UNESCO World Heritage Convention website the 'Kuk Early Agricultural Site consists of 116 ha of swamps in the western highlands of New Guinea 1,500 metres above sea-level. Archaeological excavation has revealed the landscape to be one of wetland reclamation worked almost continuously for 7,000, and possibly for 10,000 years. It contains well-preserved archaeological remains demonstrating the technological leap which transformed plant exploitation to agriculture around 6,500 years ago.']

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