Institute of Archaeology, UCL
Email: Louise Cooke
I am currently researching my PhD at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, investigating approaches to the conservation and management of earthen architecture in archaeological contexts.
I undertook the MA in Managing Archaeological Sites in 2001-2002, and I have been involved with the Institutes Ancient Merv Project since 2001. Taking a lead role in understanding the management and conservation needs imposed by the archaeological contexts that preserve earthen architecture at Merv, in particular piloting methods for the assessment and backfilling of the open and eroding excavation trenches. This work was presented at the symposium on reburial on archaeological sites, organised by the Getty Conservation Institute, US National Park Service and ICCROM, held in Santa Fe, New Mexico in March 2003 and at Terra 2003, the 9th International Conference on the Study and Conservation of Earthen Architecture, which was held in Yazd, Iran in December 2003. The full report documenting the backfilling work will be published as part of the Technical Report Series that will accompany the Ancient Merv Project.
I am keen to inform our interpretation, understanding and approaches to archaeological and historic earthen structures in contexts both in the UK and further a field through reference to modern uses of earth in art, environmental and sustainable building projects.
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