The Ahwar is made up of seven components: three archaeological sites and four wetland marsh areas in southern Iraq. The archaeological cities of Uruk and Ur and the Tell Eridu archaeological site form part of the remains of the Sumerian cities and settlements that developed in southern Mesopotamia between the 4th and the 3rd millennium BCE in the marshy delta of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. The Ahwar of Southern Iraq – also known as the Iraqi Marshlands – are unique, as one of the world’s largest inland delta systems, in an extremely hot and arid environment.

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7 sites in this World Heritage

  • The Iraqi side of Huwaizah Marshes
  • The Central Marshes
  • The East Hammar Marshes
  • The West Hammar Marshes
  • Uruk Archaeological City
  • Ur Archaeological City
  • Tell Eridu Archaeological Site

The Iraqi side of Huwaizah Marshes

The Central Marshes

The East Hammar Marshes

The West Hammar Marshes

Uruk Archaeological City

Ur Archaeological City

Tell Eridu Archaeological Site

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DATA

Region
Arab States
Country
Iraq 
Category
Mixed
Name
The Ahwar of Southern Iraq: Refuge of Biodiversity and the Relict Landscape of the Mesopotamian Cities
Selection Criteria (?)
(iii)(ix)(v)(x)
Year of Registered
2016
Keyword
Registered in 2016