Edited by Leslie Rainer, Angelyn Bass Rivera, and David Gandreau

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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.

Leslie Rainer is a senior project specialist at the Getty Conservation Institute. Angelyn Bass Rivera is a principal of Conservation Associates in Santa Fe. David Gandreau is an archaeologist and researcher at the Center for the Research and Application of Earth Architecture in Grenoble.

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