Preserving Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age - Sending Out an S.O.S. - Nicola Lercari

Preserving Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age - Sending Out an S.O.S. - Nicola Lercari

6. A Diversified Approach to At-Risk Earthen Architecture Conservation: Implementing Monitoring and Spatial Analysis at Çatalhöyük

Preserving Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age - Sending Out an S.O.S. - Nicola Lercari

Arianna Campiani [+-]
Sapienza-Università di Roma
Arianna Campiani is affiliated with the Dipartimento di Scienze dell'Antichità at Sapienza-Università di Roma.
Ashley Lingle [+-]
Cardiff University
Ashley Lingle School of History, Archaeology, and Religion, Cardiff University
Nicola Lercari [+-]
University of California, Merced
Nicola Lercari is an Associate Professor of Heritage Studies at the University of California, Merced. His scholarship exposes the fundamental role that digital and geospatial technologies play in investigating and protecting sites of cultural significance, archaeological excavation/museum collections, data, and information that describe and document our planet's cultural diversity. From 2011-2017, he investigated the UNESCO World Heritage site of Çatalhöyük, Turkey, innovating the application of remote sensing and digital archaeology methods to the investigation, interpretation, and dissemination of this important Neolithic site. Lercari participates in the international research initiative Proyecto Regional Palenque and is the principal investigator of the Fort Ross Cultural Trail project developed in collaboration with California State Parks. He was a Co-Principal Investigator for the University of California (UC) Office of the President's Research Catalyst Award that funded the research discussed in this volume.

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This chapter reports on data collection methods and 3D technologies employed at Çatalhöyük (Turkey). It explains how the data can be used in combination with GIS to assess the condition of archaeological earthen architecture visually and to strategize conservation interventions to help preserve it. The authors illustrate how an extensive and diverse corpus of at-risk earthen architecture information collected at Çatalhöyük was analyzed and finally integrated into a GIS platform to spatially visualize, comprehend and assess the state of preservation of the site and its threats. The authors then explain why a comprehensive approach to analyzing at-risk mudbrick architecture is important for conservators: (1) it aids in identifying which buildings require immediate intervention, and (2) establishes a foundation for future evaluation of the conservation actions undertaken. The detailed spatial understanding of the conservation issues that affect mudbrick walls in large earthen sites allows archaeologists and conservators to reflect on best practices for diversified data collection at an intra-site level.

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Campiani, Arianna; Lingle, Ashley; Lercari, Nicola. 6. A Diversified Approach to At-Risk Earthen Architecture Conservation: Implementing Monitoring and Spatial Analysis at Çatalhöyük. Preserving Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age - Sending Out an S.O.S.. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Feb 2022. ISBN 9781800501263. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=42596. Date accessed: 27 Nov 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.42596. Feb 2022

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