The Ahwar of Southern Iraq: Refuge of Biodiversity and the Relict Landscape of the Mesopotamian Cities is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in south Iraq.

Ahwar of Southern Iraq
UNESCO World Heritage Site
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The ruins of Ur, with the Ziggurat of Ur visible in the background
Official nameThe Ahwar of Southern Iraq: Refuge of Biodiversity and the Relict Landscape of the Mesopotamian Cities
LocationIraq
Includes4 marshes and 3 cities
CriteriaMixed: (iii), (v), (ix), (x)
Reference1481
Inscription2016 (40th Session)
Area211,544 ha (816.78 sq mi)
Buffer zone209,321 ha (808.19 sq mi)
Coordinates31°33′44″N 47°39′28″E / 31.562222°N 47.657778°E / 31.562222; 47.657778
Ahwar of Southern Iraq is located in Iraq
Ahwar of Southern Iraq
Location of Ahwar of Southern Iraq in Iraq

The Ahwar currently consists of seven sites, including three cities of Sumerian origin and four wetland areas of the Mesopotamian Marshes:

  1. Huwaizah Marshes
  2. Central Marshes
  3. East Hammar Marshes
  4. West Hammar Marshes
  5. Uruk Archaeological City
  6. Ur Archaeological City
  7. Tell Eridu Archaeological Site

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