A variety of conservation principles and methods - The basis of contemporary heritage preservation

Szmygin, Bogusław (2002) A variety of conservation principles and methods - The basis of contemporary heritage preservation. In: Estrategias relativas al patrimonio cultural mundial. La salvaguarda en un mundo globalizado. Principios, practicas y perspectivas. 13th ICOMOS General Assembly and Scientific Symposium. Actas. Comité Nacional Español del ICOMOS, Madrid, pp. 196-198. [Book Section]


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The requisite of each discipline is the definition of the subject of its interests. Moreover, this definition should be constantly updated. The subject of heritage preservation and conservation is heritage. What is our modern understanding of heritage? Heritage is not presently defined objectively. The notion of heritage is extremely wide; it may include almost all elements of culture and nature. A single object and a town, a wooden cottage and a palace complex, a pyramid built thousands years ago and a 30-year-old building- are all treated as the elements of cultural heritage. The elements of Japanese heritage are the actors of the traditional Kabuki theatre, in Australia, Ayers Rock, which aborigines believe to be a holy mountain, is preserved, in Africa, heritage includes tribe customs. Heritage may mean names of streets, systems of fields, recipes for alcohol production. Such a variety cannot be defined as a whole and explicitly. A closed definition of heritage is not possible. What is the reason of this variety and hence problems with its description which conservation is faced with?

Item Type: Book Section
Szmygin, Bogusław
Languages: English
Keywords: conservation of cultural heritage; conservation principles; conservation methods; theory of conservation
Subjects: E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 02. Theory and doctrinal texts
A. THEORETICAL AND GENERAL ASPECTS > 02. Concept and definition
A. THEORETICAL AND GENERAL ASPECTS > 12. Theory of conservation
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2002, 13th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2011 13:00
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2023 13:46
URI: https://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/575

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