Boundaries and Boundary Marks - Substantive Cultural Heritage of Extensive Importance
Keywords: Boundaries, Cadaster, Landmarks, Land Registry, State Borders, Tangible Cultural Heritage UNESCO, World Heritage
Abstract. The Austrian Society for surveying and Geoinformation (ASG) has proposed to submit "Boundaries and Boundary Marks” for the UNESCO World Heritage title. It was time that boundaries, borders and limits of all types as well as ownership rights would find the proper attention in the global public. Landmarks symbolize the real property and the associated rights and obligations, in a figurative sense, the property generally and all legal limits. A democratic state of law is impossible at today's population density without a functioning land administration system with surveying and jurisdiction. As monumental World Heritage representatives of the geodetic artwork “Boundaries and Boundary Marks” are specifically proposed: remaining monuments of the original cadastral geodetic network, the first pan-Austrian surveying headquarters in Vienna, and a specific selection of outstanding boundary monuments. Landmarks are monuments to the boundaries which separate rights and obligations, but also connect the neighbors peacefully after written agreement. “And cursed be he who does not respect the boundaries” you wrote already 3000 years ago. Boundaries and Boundary Marks are a real thing; they all belong to the tangible or material heritage of human history. In this context also the intangible heritage is discussed. This refers to oral tradition and expressions, performing arts; social practices, rituals and festive events; as well as to knowledge and practices handling nature and the universe. “Boundaries and Boundary Marks” do not belong to it, but clearly to the material cultural world heritage. “Boundary and Boundary Marks” is proposed to be listed according to the criteria (ii),(iv),(vi).