Conservation of Stone in Archaeological and Historic Monuments

Last fall the GCI joined with the Fundación Mexicana para los Monumentos del Mundo and the University of Oviedo, Spain, to sponsor a course in stone conservation for architectural conservators involved in caring for Latin American stone monuments. The course, which ran from September 23 to October 11, was held in Puebla, Mexico at the Fundación Mexicana's Center for Research and Conservation of Cultural Patrimony.

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Discussions on the technical, evaluative, and ethical foundations of stone conservation were designed to improve the ability of the participants to make informed decisions about documentation, diagnosis, analysis, intervention, and preventive maintenance.

Course participants included 20 professionals from 11 Latin American countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua. Dr. Rosa Maria Esbert of the University of Oviedo was the head instructor for the course. Additional faculty and speakers included specialists from Spain, Italy, and Mexico, as well as several members of the GCI staff.