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Preservation of ancient MEDIterranean sites in terms of their ornamental and building STONE: from determining stone provenance to proposing conservation/restoration techniques

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 15245

  • Start date

    1 January 2006

  • End date

    30 June 2009

Funded under:

FP6-INCO

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 356 040

  • EU contribution

    € 1 043 120

Coordinated by:

BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GÉOLOGIQUES ET MINIÈRES

France

Objective

The conservation of archaeological sites around the Mediterranean basin constitutes a major challenge for the future. Hitherto, studies of archaeological sites have tended to lack sustained follow-up over time, and not interacted sufficiently with other si milar sites to enhance the results of research. Three archaeological sites two listed within UNESCO's World Heritage List, have been selected for this study. Site selection has been based on priorities for site preservation and tourism indicated by those n on-European participating partner countries where a demonstrable scientific challenges and possible breakthroughs for site preservation have been identified. The MEDISTONE approach will consist : i) identifying stones used at the selected sites and determi ning their origins in terms of geographic areas and, if possible, the former quarry sites ; at the present time, the region of origin of numerous decorative stones used in constructions dating from antiquity, both in the west and the orient (and often reus ed in the Middle Ages) remains poorly defined or even unknown ii) establishing diagnosis of the state of conservation of the stones at the sites ; whilst the causes and the mechanisms of the deterioration to stone are relatively well known for temperate Eu ropean climates, the semi-arid continental climate of the selected sites, characterised by strong thermal amplitudes, high evaporation and strong wind action, together bring about specific weathering and alteration requiring more thorough investigations ii i) providing answers to the main problems regarding stone conservation / restoration that are liable to be met at the selected sites ; it involves developing techniques for reassembling fractured and fissured stones ; this phase will be based on European k now-how and will take into account the climatic and environmental specificity, as well as the social-economic context in each Mediterranean partner country.

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Coordinator

BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GÉOLOGIQUES ET MINIÈRES

Address

39-43 Quai AndrÉ CitroËN - Tour Mirabeau
Paris

France

Participants (11)

CERCLE DES PARTENAIRES DU PATRIMOINE

France

CICRP BELLE DE MAI

France

LITHOS S.N.C.

Italy

INSTITUTE OF GEOLOGY AND MINERAL EXPLORATION

Greece

LINKE-GRUTZNER-DAHNE + PARTNER RESTAURATEN UND INGENIEURE / PONS ASINI

Germany

CONSEIL SUPRÊME DES ANTIQUITÉS EGYPTIENNES

Egypt

MINISTÈRE DE LA CULTURE

Algeria

MINISTÈRE DE LA CULTURE DU MAROC

Morocco

MOULAY ISMAIL UNIVERSITY OF MEKNÈS

Morocco

UNIVERSITÀ IUAV DI VENEZIA

Italy

UNIVERSITÉ DE BOUMERDÈS

Algeria

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 15245

  • Start date

    1 January 2006

  • End date

    30 June 2009

Funded under:

FP6-INCO

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 356 040

  • EU contribution

    € 1 043 120

Coordinated by:

BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GÉOLOGIQUES ET MINIÈRES

France

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