The addition of the sites is part of a national action plan to boost heritage.
Rabat- The Ministry of Culture and Communication has announced the addition of four rock carving sites, all from different time periods, to Morocco’s National heritage list.
According to the ministry, the addition of the sites is part of its action plan for the protection, enhancement, and promotion of national heritage.
The first of the four sites added to the list is Azrou Klan, a site with a large number of engravings on one rock surface. The site is located in the Laâouina Commune in the Assa-Zag Province.
The ministry says this site stands out in particular thanks to a unique drawing of a ship.
The three other sites added to the list are Adrar Zerzem, Tarslt, and Oumougjim. They are all located in one commune, Aday, in the Guelmim province. The ministry points out that these new additions to the National Heritage List will serve as magnets for cultural tourism in the region.
All four sites carry great scientific significance, as the engravings give insight into the social and economic structure of prehistoric communities in Morocco, as well as their beliefs.
The ministry will work with the National Rock Heritage Center to protect the sites from threats such as looting, theft, and vandalism, and run archaeological excavations and scientific research programs.