ICAANE 10

Conference: International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East 10

25-29 April, 2016
Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria.

The final programme has been announced, with the following session of relevance:

THE CIPA WORKSHOP ON SAVING THE HERITAGE OF SYRIA BEST TECHNIQUES AND METHODS FOR DATA CAPTURE, STORAGE AND DISSEMINATION
Hazards for tangible cultural heritage, such as historical and archaeological remains, can vary from natural catastrophes, environmental changes to human caused mismanagement and destruction. The importance of detailed documentation especially actualizes in the areas and cases that have become neglected and have faced destruction or loss. A strategy that can adapt the heritage documentation in 3D is needed. CIPA under ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites under UNESCO) and ISPRS (International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing), is providing expertise in developing the best technical means for heritage documentation. The aim of this workshop is to provide this expertise to save and revive the heritage of Syria and to share ideas for the benefit of comparable cases. The Near East has been under severe turmoil over the past years, and Syria like Iraq has become the battlefield of various groups. This cradle of human civilization has faced war, destruction and looting of its heritage, the heritage that also belongs to the whole humankind. Remote-sensing, 3D technologies and methods based on laser and digital data capture are increasingly showing their applicability and potential to trace, retrieve and save valuable information to be studied and left for posterity.

The Full speaker list and session details are here online, or can be downloaded as a pdf here: The_CIPA_Workshop_on_Saving_the_Heritage_of_Syria.

The abstract does not reflect the session, as the conference organisers decided to combine 2 sessions – one on documentation standards and one on Syrian heritage in conflict – into one programme.

The conference website can be found here.

During the conference, participants were invited to sign the Vienna Statement on cultural heritage protection. (Available here as a pdf: Vienna_Statement)