Aesthetics, ethics, and rock art conservation: How far can we go? The case of recent conservation tests carried out in un-engraved outcrops in the Côa Valley, Portugal.

Fernandes, António Pedro Batarda (2008) Aesthetics, ethics, and rock art conservation: How far can we go? The case of recent conservation tests carried out in un-engraved outcrops in the Côa Valley, Portugal. In: Aesthetics and Rock Art III Symposium. Proceedings of the XV UISPP World Congress (Lisbonne, 4-9 Septembre 2006) Vol. 10, Session C73. BAR International Series (1818). Archaeopress, Oxford, pp. 85-92. ISBN 9781407303048 [Book Section]

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Drawing on recent conservation tests carried out in the Côa Valley, we will discuss the aesthetic and ethical limits of rock art conservation work that are reasonable. The whole outcrop, which exists in a certain context that evolves according to a natural and social timetable, is the object to be considered and conserved. This fact should lead rock art researchers, conservators and managers to engage in a long overdue discussion. Do we have the right to manipulate a total art object in a way that changes it into something else? If conservation work is prove to be reallyy necessary, should aesthetic or ethical values be sacrificed – at any cost – to the goal of preservation?

Item Type: Book Section
Authors:
AuthorsEmail
Fernandes, António Pedro Batardabatarda@hotmail.com
Editors:
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Heyd, ThomasUNSPECIFIED
Clegg, JohnUNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: rock art conservation; aesthetics; ethics; conservation of archaeological sites; theory; prevention of deterioration; prehistoric sites; Portugal
Subjects: B. ARCHAEOLOGY > 11. Rock art
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 02. Theory and doctrinal texts
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 06. Techniques
G.DETERIORATION > 05. Prevention of deterioration
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Côa Valley, Portugal
UNESCO WHC Number: 866bis
Number: 1818
ISBN: 9781407303048
Depositing User: António Pedro Batarda Fernandes
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2011 09:04
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2011 09:04
URI: http://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/945

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