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Interdisciplinary approaches to understanding and preserving mudbrick architecture in regional and diachronic contexts

O'Grady, CR; Luke, C; Mokrišová, J; Roosevelt, CH; (2018) Interdisciplinary approaches to understanding and preserving mudbrick architecture in regional and diachronic contexts. Cogent Arts and Humanities , 5 (1) , Article 1553326. 10.1080/23311983.2018.1553326. Green open access

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Abstract

Mudbrick is a challenging material to interpret, maintain, and preserve in terms of planning and treatment decision-making – especially when recovered during archaeological excavation. Further challenges exist where mudbrick remains have been exposed and abandoned, as interactions with the environment (especially water and wind) introduce additional dissolution and damage of the resource. In this paper, we present multidisciplinary research focused on the interpretation and preservation of ancient and vernacular mudbrick architecture in the Marmara Lake Basin in western Turkey. Of interest is the preservation of mudbrick and stone foundations at Kaymakçı, a Middle to Late Bronze Age, ridge-top citadel. We demonstrate that utilizing multiples lines of evidence, including macromorphological, mineralogical, and chemical studies interpreted within the context of extant vernacular traditions in the region, produces a nuanced understanding of the archaeological evidence. Further, ethnographic and experimental archaeological research with local stakeholders allowed for the development of a robust template for testing and implementing sustainable site-preservation strategies for in situ architecture with immediate communities.

Type: Article
Title: Interdisciplinary approaches to understanding and preserving mudbrick architecture in regional and diachronic contexts
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/23311983.2018.1553326
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/23311983.2018.1553326
Language: English
Additional information: © 2018 The Author(s). This open access article is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) 4.0 license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: mudbrick, conservation, Kaymakçı, western Turkey, archaeology, ethnography, vernacular architecture
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10063970
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