All these recent developments which have been applauded by the Europa Nostra Council and Board during their recent meetings in Leipzig, give us full confidence that a wise, long-term integrated plan of sustainable development of Roșia Montană – with its heritage and its community representing the core value and the main beneficiaries of such a plan – will be implemented in a near future. We very much hope that your Government will be successful in attracting due support by the structural funds of the European Union.
Read the letter addressed by Europa Nostra, through its President, maestro Plácido Domingo, to the Prime Minister of Romania.
University of Oxford
We strongly support the application to inscribe the historic mining landscape of Roşia Montană on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Statement of Significance for the Roşia Montană area that we wrote at the request of the Romanian Ministry of Culture in 2010 concluded that the Cârnic Massif constitutes part of a wider cultural landscape in the Roşia Montană area of high significance, comparable in magnitude to “outstanding universal value” in the UNESCO criteria for World Heritage status. The underground evidence of mining, galleries, adits and technology gains in significance because it is associated with an historic landscape above ground with evidence of processing, settlements, ritual and communities. Further evidence, from epigraphy, wax tablets and closely dated archaeological deposits, enhances Roşia Montană as one of the world’s outstanding heritage assets...
Read the letter addressed to the Prime Minister of Romania by Andrew Wilson, Head of the School of Archaeology and Professor of the Archaeology of the Roman Empire at the University of Oxford .
Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum
Ancient mines that yield so much information that add to our knowledge of the global development of technology and society are rare, and very precious. Roșia Montană has not only provided such information in the past, but has the highest potential to yield more in the future, perhaps as part of an international collaborative research programme. We share the motivation to ensure that such monuments are safeguarded, preserved and conserved for future generations, and managed to standards appropriate to the heritage of all humankind.
As director of the Museum, I applaud all those historians, archaeologists, architects, and prolific members of the civil society, in Romania and from many countries, who have worked so persistently, and diligently, to bring this proposal to fruition. May I offer my full support to this Nomination for inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List…