Ngebedech Terraces

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The Ngebedech Terraces, or Ouballang ra Ngebedech, are located in the southwestern part of Palau Island.

Site description[edit]

The area covers over 160,000 sq m of grassland savannah in upland Palau. The terraces performed multiple functions that include, according to UNESCO, "agriculture, settlement, defense, and ceremonial functions."[1] Morgan (1988) argues that these terraces might be linked into larger more extended systems of complex topography.[2]

World Heritage Status[edit]

This site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on in the Cultural category.[1]


  1. ^ a b Centre, UNESCO World Heritage. "Ouballang ra Ngebedech (Ngebedech Terraces) - UNESCO World Heritage Centre". Retrieved 23 August 2017. 
  2. ^ Morgan, W.N. (1988) p 4


Ouballang ra Ngebedech (Ngebedech Terraces) - UNESCO World Heritage Centre Retrieved 2009-03-03.

Morgan, W.N. (1988), Prehistoric Architecture in Micronesia, University of Texas Press. ISBN 0-292-76506-1