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Buddhist Grottoes on the Silk Road
For over a thousand years, China was connected to the west by trade routes known now as the Silk Road. Today, the Buddhist grotto temples established along the Silk Road not only inspire us with their spirituality and artistic mastery, but also provide a wealth of information regarding the age that produced them. Since 1988, the Getty Conservation Institute has assisted in the conservation of the Mogao Grottoes, the largest single collection of Buddhist mural art in China. Last year, experts from around the world gathered near the site to share research on the preservation of temple grottoes spread throughout Asia and learn more about the site conservation of Mogao.

A Conversation with Dev Mehta
The Commissioner of the Bombay Metropolitan Region Development Authority talks about the multifaceted development plans for two of India's most precious cultural sites: the ancient Ellora and Ajanta caves.

Cultural Heritage Conference in Colombo
The Asia-Pacific region encompasses a cultural heritage as diverse as its geography. Yet the nations of the region confront many of the same problems in preserving that heritage. As part of the search for preservation solutions, a group of cultural heritage professionals from the area gathered in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in July 1993 for a meeting organized by the Getty Conservation Institute.

Xunantunich: Conservation in a Tropical Environment
The evocative sight of temple and palace ruins engulfed by dense tropical jungle has long attracted the imagination of poets, the interest of archaeologists, the avaricious eye of the tomb robber, and the curiosity of the general public. Preserving such sites for the future is an enormous challenge. As part of an effort to research site conservation in tropical environments, the Getty Conservation Institute is working with archaeologists and government authorities in Belize to address problems of conservation at Xunantunich, an ancient Maya city.

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