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Terra 2008: The 10th International Conference on the Study and Conservation of Earthen Architectural Heritage (Symposium Proceedings)


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Earthen architecture constitutes one of the most diverse forms of cultural heritage and one of the most challenging to preserve. It dates from all periods and is found on all continents but is particularly prevalent in Africa, where it has been a building tradition for centuries. Sites range from ancestral cities in Mali to the palaces of Abomey in Benin; from monuments and mosques in Iran and Buddhist temples on the Silk Road to Spanish missions in California.                       


This volume’s sixty-four papers address such themes as earthen architecture in Mali, the conservation of living sites, local knowledge systems and intangible aspects, seismic and other natural forces, the conservation and management of archaeological sites, research advances, and training. The contributors represent a wide range of international institutions. The book will be of interest to conservators and site managers as well as those studying earthen architectural heritage worldwide.


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The 2008 conference organized by the Getty Conservation Institute and the Mali Ministry of Culture and held in Bamaki, Mali, was dedicated to a form of architecture that is ubiquitous, diverse, and difficult to preserve. The conference attracted a record number of participants from across Africa and internationally. Sixty-four contributions addressing the issues of earthen architecture conservation are presented in this attractively designed proceedings volume (printed on coated stock, nice page design integrating crisp photos). Material is arranged in sections on earthen architecture in Mali, conservation of living sites, local knowledge systems, conservation of archaeological sites, advances in research, seismic and other natural forces, challenges and opportunities, standards and guidelines, and training (including international collaborations. Front and end matter are in both French and English; the papers themselves are in one or the other language, with abstracts provided in both. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Leslie Rainer is a senior project specialist at the Getty Conservation Institute and coauthor of Palace Sculptures of Abomey (Getty Publications, 1999). Angelyn Bass Rivera is a principal of Conservation Associates in Santa Fe and coeditor of The Conservation of Decorated Surfaces on Earthen Architecture (Getty Publications, 2006). David Gandreau is an archaeologist and researcher at the Center for the Research and Application of Earth Architecture in Grenoble.

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Rainer, Leslie
Getty Research Institute
Rivera, Angelyn Bass
Gandreau, David
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