Conservación Arqueológica In Situ

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In the spring of 1986, Mexico's Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH) and the Getty Conservation Institute cosponsored a conference of international experts to review the state of in situ archaeological conservation. The following year, the papers presented at the conference, edited by Henry W. M. Hodges, were published by the Institute and INAH.

The Institute has now published a Spanish-language edition of the volume entitled Conservación Arqueológica In Situ. The book deals with issues of appropriate environmental intervention, problems posed by sites in developing countries, and the difficulty and necessity of collaboration between archaeologists and conservators. The conservation of materials found in archaeological settings—including adobe, wood, ceramics, textiles, wall paintings, and bone—is addressed by several contributors, as are techniques for evacuation and conservation through lifting, molding, and casting. In addition, case studies of the sites at the Templo Mayor, Teotihuacán, and Cacaxtla are presented.

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