Conservation of Ancient Sites on the Silk Road

Agnew, Neville (ed.). Conservation of ancient sites on the Silk Road : proceedings of the second international conference on the conservation of grotto sites, Mogao grottoes, Dunhuang, People’s Republic of China, June 28-July 3, 2004. Los Angeles, CA : Getty Conservation Institute, 2010. URL : http://hdl.handle.net/10020/gci_pubs/2nd_silkroad

conservation-of-ancient-sites-on-the-silk-roadThe Mogao Grottoes are located along the ancient caravan routes—collectively known as the Silk Road—that once linked China with the West. Founded by Buddhist monks in the late fourth century, Mogao grew gradually over the following millennium, as monks, local rulers, and travelers carved hundreds of cave temples into a mile-long rock cliff and adorned them with vibrant murals portraying Buddhist scripture, Silk Road rulers, and detailed scenes of everyday life.

The sixty-five papers from the Second International Conference on the Conservation of Grotto Sites address such topics as the principles and practices of wall paintings conservation; site and visitor management; scientific research, particularly in the environmental and geotechnical aspects of conservation; and relevant historical and art-historical research.

Neville Agnew is senior principal project specialist at the Getty Conservation Institute and has led its initiative in China since it began in 1989. He is the author of numerous publications, including (with two coauthors) Cave Temples of Mogao: Art and History on the Silk Road, and the editor of the proceedings of the first international conference on the conservation of grotto sites, published in 1997.

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  • Actes de la 1ère conférence internationale :
    Agnew, Neville (ed.). Conservation of ancient sites on the Silk Road : proceedings of an international conference on the conservation of grotto sites. Los Angeles, CA: Getty Conservation Institute, 1997. URL : http://hdl.handle.net/10020/gci_pubs/silkroad (consulté le 16 décembre 2016)
  • ICOMOS China. Zhongguo wenwu guji baohu zhunze 中国文物古迹保护准则(2015年修订)= Principles for the conservation of heritage sites in China. Rev. ed. Beijing shi : Wenwu chubanshe, 2015. URL : http://hdl.handle.net/10020/gci_pubs/china_principles_2015 (consulté le 16 décembre 2016)

Monique Abud

Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine, EHESS, Paris, France

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