Wadi Al-Hitan, the Whales Valley, known for its rich palaeontological history, is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List as an area of outstanding natural history.
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Fayoum's ancient quarry under threat
Fayoum's ancient quarry under threat
Fayoum's ancient quarry under threat

An ancient quarry rich in natural and cultural heritage is a potential site for nomination to the UNESCO's World Heritage List. Wadi Al-Hitan, the Whales Valley, known for its rich palaeontological history (especially for its skeletons of primitive whales and other vertebrate fossils), is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List as an area of outstanding natural history.

An ancient quarry rich in natural and cultural heritage is a potential site for nomination to the UNESCO's World Heritage List. Wadi Al-Hitan, the Whales Valley, known for its rich palaeontological history (especially for its skeletons of primitive whales and other vertebrate fossils), is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List as an area of outstanding natural history.

It lies within the boundaries of the Lake Qarun nature reserve and forms part of the Wadi Al-Rayan Protected Area in the Fayoum governorate. In this area lies Widan Al-Faras, which may soon be the only ancient quarry left in Egypt that still bears traces of one of Egypt's oldest industries -- stone cutting. The Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), in response to a request to draw up a management plan for the protection and preservation of the quarries in the northern Fayoum, is now looking into the possibility of asking UNESCO to incorporate Widan Al-Faras within the Wadi Al-Rayan Protected Area.

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