Sunday, 5 September 2010

Conservation of Ancient Sites on the Silk Road

Conservation of Ancient Sites on the Silk Road
Edited by Neville Agnew
Getty Conservation Institute
530 pages, 9 x 11 inches
210 color and 200 b/w illustrations, 2 maps
ISBN 978-1-60606-013-1
paper, $89.00

The Mogao grottoes, a World Heritage Site near Dunhuang in western China, are located along the ancient caravan routes—collectively known as the Silk Road—that once linked China with the West. Founded by Buddhist monks in the late fourth century, Mogao grew gradually over the following millennium, as monks, local rulers, and travelers carved hundreds of cave temples into a mile-long rock cliff and adorned them with vibrant murals portraying Buddhist scripture, Silk Road rulers, and detailed scenes of everyday life.

The sixty-five papers from the Second International Conference on the Conservation of Grotto Sites address such topics as the principles and practices of wall paintings conservation; site and visitor management; scientific research, particularly in the environmental and geotechnical aspects of conservation; and relevant historical and art historical research.

Neville Agnew is senior principal project specialist at the Getty Conservation Institute and has led its initiative in China since it began in 1989. He is the author of numerous publications including (with two coauthors) Cave Temples of Mogao: Art and History on the Silk Road and the editor of the proceedings of the first international conference on the conservation of grotto sites, published in 1997.

The first volume of symposium proceedings, Conservation of Ancient Sites on the Silk Road is available as a PDF file at:

1 comment:

MacKensie said...

Thanks for the link! I am also fascinated by the history of this region, good work on the blog.