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Conservation of classical monuments: a study of anastylosis with case studies from Greece and Turkey

Vacharopoulou, K.; (2006) Conservation of classical monuments: a study of anastylosis with case studies from Greece and Turkey. Doctoral thesis , University of London. Green open access

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Anastylosis involves the re-assembly of existing, but dispersed, members of a monument and is implemented within a framework for the preservation and presentation of ancient monuments. It was introduced as a concept and practice in the 19th century. Anastylosis is encountered throughout the world, but most often in the Mediterranean region. This research explores the concept of anastylosis in the region, and specifically examines how it as applied to classical monuments in Greece and Turkey. The thesis examines the terminology, philosophy, theoretical principles and technical issues of anastylosis, within the wider context of cultural heritage management. Case studies from Greece and Turkey, and a survey of anastylosis practitioners, are used to identify and investigate relevant issues. In addition, a small visitor survey examines the understanding of anastylosis by the public, the impact for interpretation of monuments, and highlights the role of stakeholders in conservation activities. Problematic areas in decision-making, planning, implementation, and post- implementation are identified, raising concerns over its definition, objectives, theory, driving forces, and technical matters. These are analysed with reference to current and future practise. Building on this analysis, the thesis concludes by establishing guidance for the use of anastylosis this is specifically aimed at Greece and Turkey, but has wider applications, both within the region and at an international scale. The approach recognises the importance of anastylosis as a tool within the wider field of heritage conservation and management and offers a framework for planning, decision making, implementation, and post-implementation. Specific theoretical principles and technical matters are proposed. In advocating a clearer definition of what anastylosis encompasses, and how it can be implemented within the overall framework of theoretical and technical aspects for the care and preservation of the material remains of our past, the research concludes by asserting the importance of anastylosis as an architectural conservation method, with significant interpretative potential, in the management and presentation of archaeological sites.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: Conservation of classical monuments: a study of anastylosis with case studies from Greece and Turkey
Identifier: PQ ETD:593215
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis part-digitised by ProQuest.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1445891
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