10 Amazing UNESCO World Heritage Archeological Sites

These UNESCO World Heritage Sites are less-visited than other sites such as Peru's Machu Picchu or Egypt's Pyramids, but they're no less impressive both visually and in terms of human history.

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Egypt's Pyramids of Giza. The Great Wall of China. England’s Stonehenge. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) helps protect these and more than 1,000 other sites of cultural importance and scenic beauty around the globe and adds more every year. Many, such as Peru’s Machu Picchu (pictured) are well known. Others not so much, but they still encompass fascinating and important sites filled with awe and mystery that further the world’s knowledge and understanding of its many cultures both past and present. Here are 10 UNESCO World Heritage archaeological sites you may have not heard of, but that have been deemed "of outstanding universal value from the point of view of history, art or science."

Heart of Neolithic Orkney, Scotland, United Kingdom

The rugged, northern coast of Scotland contains many Neolithic archaeological sites collectively listed as the Heart of Neolithic Orkney UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stone circles including the Stones of Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar, tombs, settlements such as Skara Brae (pictured) and other 5,000-year-old sites dot the Orkney archipelago.

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