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Konso

UNESCO awarded World Heritage status to the Konso cultural landscape which features stone-walled terraces and fortified settlements dating back 400 years. UNESCO described the landscape as “a spectacular example of a living cultural tradition stretching back 21 generations”. Brings the total number of World Heritage sites in Ethiopia to 9, making it the premier in the whole of Africa. The Konso are also well-known for their unique carved, wooden grave markers called waka. The marker is traditionally erected above the grave of an important Konso man or warrior and is surrounded by smaller statues of his wives and defeated enemies. Though this practice is disappearing, it is one of the points that made Konso earn the world heritage crown.