18 September 2010

Identification Guide for Ivory and Ivory Substitutes (1999)

Title: Identification Guide for Ivory and Ivory Substitutes
Authors: Edgard O. Espinoza and Mary-Jacque Mann
Publisher: World Wildlife Fund and The Conservation Foundation
Year: 1999 (reprint)
Pages: 38
Link: http://www.cites.org/... (pdf, 945 Kb)

Table of Contents (short version):

What is ivory?
The Ivories
Ivory Substitutes
Appendix 1. Procedure for the Preliminary Identification of Ivory and Ivory Substitutes
Appendix 2. List of Supplies and Equipment for Use in the Preliminary Identification of Ivory and Ivory Substitutes

16 September 2010

Passe, present et futur des palais et sites royaux d'Abomey (1999)

Title: Passe, present et futur des palais et sites royaux d'Abomey
Conference: Conférence internationale organisée par le Getty Conservation Institute, l'ICCROM et le Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication du Bénin, 22-26 septembre 1997
Year: 1999
Pages: 182
Link: http://www.getty.edu/... (pdf, 3.73 Mb)

Table of contents:

Première partie
Le passé: histoire du royaume d'Abomey et de ses bas-reliefs

Le royaume du Danxomè: objets, signes, espaces du pouvoir, Giovanna Antongini et Tito Spini

Les bas-reliefs du palais de Glélé: un art au-delá de l'image et de l'histoire, Joseph C. E. Adande

L'histoire en relief : les bas-reliefs des palais royaux du Danxomè, création et conservation d'une tradition, Suzanne Preston Blier

Traditions, cultures et contribution des communautés à la gestion, Vincent Guézodje

Deuxième partie
Le présent: conservation des sites et palais royaux d'Abomey

Actions des cinq dernières années: volet «architecture» du projet PREMA-Bénin II, 1995-1997, Thierry Joffroy

Actions des cinq dernières années: la conservation des bas-reliefs de l'ajalala du roi Glélé au Musée historique, palais royaux d'Abomey, Francesca Piqué et Leslie Rainer

Le réaménagement de l'exposition permanente du Musée historique d'Abomey, Franck Houndégla

La sauvegarde et le récolement des collections du Musée historique d'Abomey, Alain Godonou

Presentation des collections du Musée historique d'Abomey, Dorothé Mizéhoun

Troisième partie
Le futur: evolution des sites et palais royaux d'Abomey dans leur contexte local, national et international

Planification d'ensemble pour la gestion du patrimoine culturel, Giora Solar

Plan de conservation des sites et palais royaux d'Abomey, Rachida de Souza-Ayari et Aimé Gonçalves

Circuits de visite et impact sur l'environnement socioculturel, Jérôme C. Alladaye et Clément Cakpo Vodouhe

Le cadre juridique et la mise en valeur des palais et sites royaux d'Abomey, Toussaint A. Godonou

Situation économique et possibilités de développement du Musée historique d'Abomey, Alain-Raoul Lozes

Plan directeur d'urbanisme d'Abomey, Bachir Oloude

Plan de developpement du tourisme du Bénin, Richard Lohento

Appendice A: Conclusions des participants à la conférence
Appendice B: Participants à la conférence
Appendice C: Auteurs
Appendice D: Résumés en anglais

15 September 2010

Report: Baalbek Risk Preparedness Strategy (2010)

Title: Baalbek Risk Preparedness Strategy: Project Report
Authors: Mario Santana Quintero, Koen Van Balen
Date: July 24, 2010
Type of Document: Report
Link: http://heritagedocumentation.org/...
Files: Final report: low resolution (pdf, 1 Mb), high resolution (pdf, 15 Mb)
Appendix (pdf, 11.4 Mb)

14 September 2010

Article: A new reverse-engineering process for contextualizing and digitizing ancient technical objects (2008)

Title: Advanced Industrial Archaeology: A new reverse-engineering process for contextualizing and digitizing ancient technical objects
Authors: F. Laroche, A. Bernard, M. Cotte
Reference: Journal Virtual and Physical Prototyping 3, Special Issue n° 2, 2008, pp. 105-122
Link: archives-ouvertes.fr (pdf, 1.7 Mb)

Since virtual engineering has been introduced inside industries, time processes have been reduced and products are more adapted to customer needs. Nowadays, the DMU is the centre point for all teams: design, manufacturing, communication etc. However, physical mock-ups and prototypes are sometimes requested. Consequently, a back-and-forth action between the real and the virtual worlds is necessary. Our research team has developed a reverse-engineering methodology for capturing technical characteristics of industrial objects but also for capitalizing knowledge and know-how which are required for contextualizing life cycles. More precisely, we work with ancient industrial machines. It is what we call Advanced Industrial Archaeology. Thanks to the coupling of different kinds of 3D digitalization technologies and CAD software, we are able to re-design old industrial objects and old processes. To illustrate our proposal, we will describe one of the experiments we have done with a salt-washing machine which is nearly 100 years old: from the global 3D digitalization of the plant to precise parts design, we have rediscovered the enterprise process and understand its integration in the economic context.

Article: Engineering Works and Scaled-down Models Or Industry Laid Bare (2007)

Title: Engineering Works and Scaled-down Models Or Industry Laid Bare
Author: Marc-Antonio Barblan
Conference reference: BigStuff 2007 - Beyond Conservation - Industrial Heritage Management, 11-14 September 2007
Link: click here (pdf, 11.2 Mb)

Note: Made available upon request of the author

From the Introduction:
The following remarks are based on a long-standing concern of mine and are related to several interventions in the field of industrial heritage. In view of the advent of new parameters - or the recent emphasis on certain trends - these reflections appear to me of the utmost urgency.
On the positive side, there has clearly been a potential increase in the conceptual and spatial field: be it the enlargement of Europe, the increased interdisciplinary and intercultural opportunities, endorsing the idea of the true interconnectedness of our universal heritage, as well as the realisation of the recently recognised status of immaterial heritage.
On the negative side, however, we must lament those ever-increasing, contemptible moves to cash in on culture in the wider sense, moves which reduce culture to a mere pretence, in which performance-mode takes over at the expense of critical discourse (this may well explain the casual approach to methodology which is so often the case); therefore the difficulty in constructing a complete picture, a comparative one, incorporating the requisite hierarchical order.
Without mentioning the worsening risks to climate and the environment, so much so in fact that water, which will figure prominently henceforth, is threatened in its essence, and will be the disputed prize of future conflicts.