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Natural Stone and World Heritage


About the Series

This is a series of short books on specialized topics that fall under the overarching theme of geological and cultural heritage of stone, the built environment, and the geological and engineering characteristics of the dimension and ornamental stones. The books deal with well documented case studies of construction and restoration works at one or more specific sites and/or monuments related to World Heritage, providing detailed overviews of construction techniques, documentation of the materials utilized during the historical period in which the monuments were built, and specific conservation / preservation works that have been carried out. The books highlight the importance of natural stone in the preservation of cultural heritage in a sustainable way: moreover, natural stones (heritage stones) often represent the tangible trace of culture development in specific areas, including important activities like quarrying. The books are closely linked to UNESCO World Heritage sites around the world.

OBJECTIVES
Preservation of historic buildings, monuments and historic sites is one of the most challenging problems facing modern civilization. It involves various cultural, humanistic, social, technical and economic aspects in inextricably complex relationships and patterns. The complexity of the topic is such that a shared framework of reference is still lacking among art historians, archeologists, architects, geologists, structural and geotechnical engineers, chemists and biologists. This is proved by the fact that, despite there being exemplary cases of the preservation of structural components with retention of their static and architectural function, as a material witness of the knowledge and the culture and the construction techniques of the original historical period, there are still examples of uncritical confidence in modern technology which leads to the replacement of previous structures with new ones, which only preserve an iconic appearance of the original monument.

For this reason publishing short books on specialized topics, such as well documented case studies of construction and restoration works using natural stone at one or more specific sites or of a specific monument, or detailed overviews of construction techniques, intended to provide detailed information on the historical period in which the monuments was built, or specific conservation/preservation works, will be of great value.

MAIN FIELDS COVERED BY THE BOOK SERIES
Geology, geotechnical engineering, architecture, art history, archaeology, cultural heritage management, restoration and preservation.

ADVISORY EDITORIAL BOARD
Brian Marker, Consultant, UK
Giovanna Antonella Dino, University of Torino, Italy
Gurmeet Kaur, Center of Advanced Study in Geology, Panjab University, India
Patrick N. Wyse Jackson, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

READERSHIP
The audience for these books will consist of professionals and academics in the wider fields of Geology, Architecture, Cultural Resources Management, and particularly those involved in Art History, History of Architecture, Geotechnical and Mining Engineering, Archaeology, Restoration and Cultural Heritage management, and will be written in terms that are accessible by the interested wider public.

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Natural Stone and World Heritage The Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd

Natural Stone and World Heritage: The Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Ruth Siddall
November 30, 2021

This book is about the stone used to build the castles of Edward I in North West Wales. It provides a description of the available geological resources and the building materials used in the construction of Caernarfon, Conwy, Harlech and Beaumaris Castles. It takes a broad view of this subject, ...

Natural Stone and World Heritage UNESCO Sites in Germany

Natural Stone and World Heritage: UNESCO Sites in Germany

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Angela Ehling, Friedrich Häfner, Heiner Siedel
September 13, 2021

There are many UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Germany. Most of them are built with natural stones. These sites are commonly presented to the public with a lot of information regarding historical, cultural and artistic aspects. Mostly, there is no focus on the main building material if it concerns ...

Natural Stone and World Heritage: Delhi-Agra, India

Natural Stone and World Heritage: Delhi-Agra, India

1st Edition

By Gurmeet Kaur, Sakoon N. Singh, Anuvinder Ahuja, Noor Dasmesh Singh
June 04, 2020

This book discusses heritage stones which were used in the making of the architectonic heritage of Delhi and Agra, encompassing UNESCO world heritage sites and heritage sites designated as prominent by the Indian government. The most famous monument of the two cities is the ‘Taj Mahal’ of Agra. ...

Natural Stone and World Heritage Salamanca (Spain)

Natural Stone and World Heritage: Salamanca (Spain)

1st Edition

By Dolores Pereira
February 04, 2019

Heritage stones are those stones that have been used for many years, even centuries, to build the historic buildings and monuments of places around the world. Some of these stones are still being used for construction, but others are no longer used, either because quarries were exhausted or closed ...

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