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Silk Roads in the Kingdom of Bhutan and the development of a national heritage inventory

Williams, TD; (2016) Silk Roads in the Kingdom of Bhutan and the development of a national heritage inventory. Archaeology International , 19 pp. 122-133. 10.5334/ai.1918. Green open access

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Abstract

A UNESCO project, Support for the Preparation for the World Heritage Serial Nomination of the Silk Roads in South Asia, afforded the opportunity to research evidence for Silk Roads exchange in South Asia. The first part of the paper explores the challenges of archaeology in the Kingdom of Bhutan, located on the southern slopes of the eastern Himalayas. GIS-based approaches to model earlier settlement patterns and trade routes are considered. This led to a discussion with Bhutanese colleagues, in the Division for Conservation of Heritage Sites (DCHS), regarding the need for a digital national heritage inventory: to help manage and protect heritage resources, and to improve the communication of the rich heritage of the country to its people. The second part of this paper explores some of the issues around that debate, and the steps taken to implement the chosen solution, the Getty Conservation Institute/World Monuments Fund ARCHES heritage inventory system.

Type: Article
Title: Silk Roads in the Kingdom of Bhutan and the development of a national heritage inventory
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5334/ai.1918
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/ai.1918
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
Keywords: Bhutan, National inventory, Heritage management
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/1540006
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