Australian territory among 7 new Unesco World Heritage sites

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Budj Bim, in Australia's Victoria state, is among seven newly inscribed Unesco World Heritage sites.
Budj Bim, in Australia's Victoria state, is among seven newly inscribed Unesco World Heritage sites.

Budj Bim, a 6,000-year-old settlement in Australia's Victoria state, was among seven sites this month to receive Unesco's World Heritage Site designation.

The Budj Bim Cultural Landscape, as Unesco has designated it, is the first Australian Aboriginal site to join the World Heritage list.

According to Unesco's website, the area comprises Budj Bim Volcano and Lake Condah, the Kurtonitj wetland swamps and Tyrendarra, "an area of rocky ridges and large marshes." The volcano's lava flows have enabled the region's Gunditjmara people "to develop one of the largest ... aquaculture networks in the world," which has served as the population's "economic and social base for six millennia," according to Unesco.

Also receiving the World Heritage Site designation this month were the Dilmun Burial Mounds in Bahrain; the Archaeological Ruins of Liangzhu City in China; Jaipur City in India; the Ombilin Coal Mining Heritage of Sawahlunto in Indonesia; the Mozu-Furuichi Kofun Group: Mounded Tombs of Ancient Japan; and the Plain of Jars in Laos.

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