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Committee withholds plan to build levee to protect prehistoric engravings

SEOUL, Jan. 16 (Yonhap) -- A cultural committee on Thursday put off its decision on the construction of a mobile levee in the southern city of Ulsan to protect a set of prehistoric engravings, citing the lack of feasibility of the plan. The Ulsan municipal administration and the central government earlier proposed a plan to encircle the Bangudae Petroglyphs, located on the lower part of a cliff in a tributary, with a transparent, 55-meter-long and 16-meter-high wall.

More than 80 dinosaur tracks found in southeastern Korea

SEOUL, Dec. 3 (Yonhap) -- More than 80 fossilized dinosaur tracks have been discovered at the foot of a cliff, known for a set of prehistoric engravings, in the southeastern part of the country, a government think tank said Tuesday. The National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage announced the discovery after providing results on an additional archeological survey on the areas surrounding the cliff in Ulsan. Only 25 footprints were previously discovered.

Dozens of dinosaur tracks found in southeastern Korea

SEOUL, Oct. 29 (Yonhap) -- Dozens of fossilized dinosaur footprints have been discovered along the rocky banks of a stream near a set of prehistoric engravings in the southeastern part of the country, a government think tank said Tuesday. Announcing the result of an archaeological survey, the National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage said its researchers have found 25 dinosaur footprints on a rock 25 to 30 meters northeast of the cliff with the Bangudae Petroglyphs engraves etched into its rock face.

Gov't to build dam for endangered prehistoric engravings

SEOUL, June 16 (Yonhap) -- The government said Sunday it will build a dike-like movable dam in front of a set of prehistoric engravings in the southeastern city of Ulsan to preserve them from being eroded by flood water. The measure, which comes after a decade-long conflict among the central and local governments and residents over how to protect the Bangudae Petroglyphs, is expected to help South Korea's efforts to apply by 2017 to have them added to the UNESCO world heritage list.
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