Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Focus on Afghanistan by Laura D'Alessandro (Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, USA)

D'Alessandro discusses the experience of conducting two six-month training programs for conservators from Iraq and Afghanistan. Funded by the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the two programs provided an informative look at many of the differences in the experiences of the conservators who took part. Lack of technical support and dependable funding in their own countries continue to be a critical issue for the staff at the museums throughout Afghanistan, and to a lesser extent in Iraq. Recently, with generous funding by the United States Embassy, Kabul, it was possible to follow up with our Afghan colleagues through a three-year inventory project at the National Museum of Afghanistan.  D’Alessandro discusses the issues confronted by conservators in Afghanistan and some of the (temporary) solutions that are in place.

This is the abstract of a poster to be presented at 'The impact of cross-disciplinary conservation on social development', the UCL Institute of Archaeology Annual Conference 2014. 
The conference will be held Friday and Saturday, 16 & 17 May 2014, at the UCL Institute of Archaeology in Lecture Theatre G6 from 8:30 to 18:00.  Conference posters will be on display all day Friday in room 612.
You can book your tickets here!

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