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Stonehenge At Risk: UNESCO Urges 'World Heritage In Danger' Listing

UNESCO, which designated Stonehenge as a World Heritage site in 1986, is now recommending that it be added to the 'World Heritage in Danger' list

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Stonehenge, one of the world's most iconic monuments, now faces an unexpected threat. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has raised alarms about the potential impact of a significant infrastructure project near the ancient site. The A303 upgrade project, including plans to build a tunnel to alleviate traffic congestion, has sparked controversy and concern among heritage advocates and international bodies.

UNESCO, which designated Stonehenge as a World Heritage site in 1986, now recommends that it be listed as a 'World Heritage in Danger' site. This move responds to fears that the tunnel, despite its intent to improve traffic flow, could significantly disrupt the monument's landscape and integrity. The draft decision from the World Heritage Committee, which will be voted on in July, underscores the urgency of this issue.