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When:05-Dec-2017. From 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Where:Amphitheater Robert de Sorbon

Contact:971 (0)2 65 69 555 / [view map]

Audience:Open to the Public

Perspectives in Earthen Architecture Conservation – A Panel Discussion

In many regions of the world, including in the Arabian Gulf, earth has been used as a construction material for millennia. In the World Heritage Site of Al Ain, for example, there are numerous earthen archaeological sites dating from the Bronze and Iron ages (ca. 3000-1000 BCE), as well as late Islamic period houses, forts and mosques built in adobe brick. While these significant sites are being protected and preserved, earthen structures around the world are rapidly disappearing due to abandonment, demolition, and replacement with modern materials.

As part of a joint initiative undertaken by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi and the Getty Conservation Institute, the event will bring together international specialists working in the field of earthen cultural heritage sites to discuss recent projects, research trends, challenges and recommendations related to the conservation and management of earthen cultural heritage.


  • Gaetano Palumbo on conservation and management of archaeological sites
  • Claudia Cancino and Paulo Lourenço on the Peru Seismic Retrofitting Project
  • Aqeel Aqeel on Earthen cultural heritage conservation in the UAE
  • Benjamin Marcus and Clemencia Vernaza on rehabilitation and wall paintings conservation

The event is followed by a cocktail reception

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The event will be held in English.
RSVP at before December 4th 2017.