"The Conservation of Ancient Sites on the Silk Road: Second International Conference on the Conservation of Grotto Sites" will be held August 26 through 30, 2003, at the Mogao grottoes, Gansu Province, Dunhuang, China. A World Heritage Site, the Mogao grottoes contain the largest body of Buddhist art produced from the 4th to the 14th centuries.

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Organized by the Dunhuang Academy, the GCI, and the State Administration of Cultural Heritage of the People's Republic of China (SACH), the conference will provide a multidisciplinary forum for specialists engaged in cultural preservation of cave temple sites and art in China and along the Silk Road.

A 10-day postconference tour of Silk Road sites in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region is available to participants. The tour will provide unparalleled access to sites not seen by the general public and will be highlighted by lectures from accompanying experts. The itinerary includes Kuqa and Urümqi.

Due to limited facilities, the conference is restricted to 200 delegates—100 from China and 100 from all other countries. The registration deadline is April 14, 2003. Early registration is encouraged. Complete conference registration materials will be available in September 2002.

Papers for the conference are invited on the following themes:

  • Wall painting conservation—wall paintings and sculpture, with a focus on painted earthen surfaces; conservation principles and practices; education and training in wall painting conservation
  • Site and visitor management—tourism at heritage sites, methodologies and practices in site and visitor management, visitor carrying capacity studies
  • Scientific research in conservation—deterioration processes; environmental, microclimatic, and color monitoring within grottoes; research in pigments and binding media; geotechnical aspects of conservation of sites
  • Historical research—historical and art historical research relevant to Silk Road sites and their conservation

Preference will be given to papers dealing with methodological approaches that are broadly applicable to sites and conditions encountered on the Silk Road. The deadline for submission of abstracts is November 30, 2002. English-language abstracts are limited to 350 to 450 words; Chinese-language abstracts to 420 to 540 characters. Authors will be notified of the selection committee's decision by January 31, 2003. The deadline for receipt of full papers is May 31, 2003.

For detailed information on abstract submission, conference schedule and costs, postconference tour itinerary, and images of conference and tour locations, please see the Conservation section of the Getty Web site.

Information is also available by contacting:

Within China
Zhao Linyi or Chen Lianghua
The Dunhuang Academy
Dunhuang, Gansu Province 736200
The People's Republic of China
Tel. 86 937 886-9038
Fax 86 937 886-9103
Email: cidha@public.lz.gs.cn

Outside China
Kathleen Louw
The Getty Conservation Institute
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1684 U.S.A.
Tel. 1 310 440 6216
Fax 1 310 440 7709
Email: klouw@getty.edu