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This volume of Conversaciones… is dedicated to a dear former colleague, Herb Stovel (1948-2012). He was a giant in the field of conservation. He played an important role in the preparation of a number of important international documents and his constant support for younger conservation professionals, always encouraging and bringing out the best of them.

The seventh volume of Conversaciones… marks the beginning of a new period of the journal, as it will now become a co-publication between the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH), through the Coordinación Nacional de Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural (CNCPC), and ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property).

Using a selection of essential texts from the last 30 years, the publication illustrates the key issues and concepts in the field of archaeological mosaic conservation. It begins with a historical and technical overview of the mosaic heritage of the region, with many illustrations, and includes summaries of the key charters and conventions on conservation of cultural heritage. The multilingual glossary contains over 230 terms, 40 of which are also defined in a lexicon.

Fire is a major hazard affecting cultural heritage assets around the world. Although it may seem a rare event from a single institution’s perspective, large fires are far more frequent when considering the total heritage of a nation. Furthermore, their impact is typically catastrophic, causing total or almost total loss in the affected cultural property. The majority of fires affecting heritage institutions can be avoided or greatly reduced by proper maintenance and safety procedures. In order to prevent fire disasters, emergency preparedness is essential but it must not be the only strategy. There is a clear need to promote more effective legislation and policies, to stimulate research and the use of appropriate fire safety technologies, to create a fire prevention culture in heritage organizations, and to raise awareness in society about this issue.

The aim of this manual is to provide guidance for States Parties and those involved in the care of World Heritage cultural properties on how to comply with the requirements of the World Heritage Convention. It also aims to ensure that heritage has a dynamic role in society, and that it harnesses and delivers the benefits that such a role can create.

This is a translation of the original version into Portuguese.

Built upon years of experience and real-life situations, this publication offers a field-tested, simple workflow for the emergency evacuation of valuable objects that is easy to replicate in any context.

Other language versions are available at the links.

In today’s world, cultural heritage institutions must strive to be accountable, transparent and participatory, spending resources effectively while balancing needs of the community with those of the future. A risk management approach will enable your organization to identify and manage risks to cultural assets, so you can make smarter decisions about their preservation, access and use.

Authenticity is a nebulous term within the conservation profession. The concept has historically tended to privilege materials-based approaches to conservation practice over recognizing spiritual and non-material values of a place, however, the drafting of the Nara Document in 1994 marked a shift in paradigm. Considered an important moment in the history of conservation, the Document expanded the concept of authenticity and drew attention to cultural diversity within the heritage discourse.

Series: ICCROM CHA Conservation Forum Series Number 2

World Heritage Leadership is a new capacity building programme of ICCROM and IUCN with a unique people centred-approach to the integration of nature and culture, finding innovative ways to enhance the management practices of heritage through the work of the World Heritage Convention.

One of few publications to address the issue of protective shelters, this book records the results of a week-long symposium that used the archaeological site of Herculaneum as an “open classroom”.