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Thursday, May 29 • 3:00pm - 3:30pm
(Architecture + Objects Session) Conservation Realities and Challenges) from Auto Regulation to Imposition at Archaeological and Historical Sites in Colombia

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Through examples taken from my work experience in archaeological and historical sites, I would like to address two issues that illustrate the topic of sustainability of cultural heritage.

First, how the complex political and economic reality affects decision-making or the implementation of conservation projects, and how those realities lead to heritage sites becoming self-regulated. An example is the archaeological site of Pueblito, or sites like Fuente de Lavapatas or la Chaquira rock art site in San Agustín.

Second, how the limits imposed by the context could open different possibilities for conservation practice. An example is the mandatory cleaning of pictographs in the Archaeological Park of Facatativá that will determine how the site is managed; or the political public protests in Bogota that forced us to apply anti-graffiti coatings on outdoor sculpture and monuments, and initiate research on this topic.

Considering these arguments, it is a fact that the preservation of cultural heritage is subject to the context, not only conditioned by the so-called deterioration factors, such as the environment, human and biological activity, etc. Preservation is mostly vulnerable to political and economic decisions. Understanding these forces and being able to affect those issues can lead to more adequate management and results that will become sustainable for the preservation of heritage monuments and sites.


Maria Alvarez

LACS Recipient, Corporacion Proyecto Patrimonio

Thursday May 29, 2014 3:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
Grand Ballroom B-C