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By Salvador Munoz-Vinas

ISBN-10: 008047683X

ISBN-13: 9780080476834

Classical theories of conservation are renowned within the history neighborhood, yet within the final twenty years considering has shifted, and classical idea has confronted expanding feedback. modern conception of Conservation brings jointly present rules in conservation concept, featuring a dependent, coherent research of the topic for the 1st time. This enticing and readable textual content is divided into three elements. the 1st, basics of conservation, addresses the id of conservation itself, and difficulties coming up whilst classical conservation theories are utilized. the second one half, wondering classical theories, delves deeper into the feedback of classical rules akin to reversibility. This leads directly to the production of recent paradigms similar to sustainability, that are coated within the ultimate a part of the booklet, Conservation ethics.

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However, the fact that it only preserves a part of the information contained in the object should not be ignored: informational preservation only helps in the preservation of the object itself in the indirect ways described above. It is also interesting to note that the knowledge required for performing informational preservation is usually different from that of the conservator. It is closer to that of photographers, modellers, carpenters or even computer specialists. In this sense, informational preservation could be viewed more as a conservation-related activity (such as effective fire protection, public education or security measures in museums), than as a branch of the conservation profession (such as direct preservation, restoration and, very often, environmental preservation).

However, if the notion of archaeological is interpreted in this potential sense (if any object that could be useful for archaeologists is considered as an archaeological object), it becomes far too broad to describe conservation objects, as it can then be applied to every single man-made object. The idea that it is ‘antiquities’ that are conserved and/or restored creates similar problems, as it is obvious that not every conservation object comes from the ancient past – from antiquity. It could be argued that conservation actually deals with ‘antiques’, that is, with aged objects ‘from an earlier period’, as the Collins Dictionary suggests.

In a general sense, to restore something means to What is conservation? 17 return it to a former state. The 1801 edition of The Shorter Oxford Dictionary defines restoration as: ‘The action or process of restoring something to an unimpaired or perfect condition’. This definition is typically fact based and presents the same problems described in the preceding section: if a restoration fails to return an object to an ‘unimpaired’, ‘perfect’ state, it will not qualify as restoration. The problem with this criterion is that it rules out most actions that are commonly understood to be restorations, since very few of them actually manage to, or actually intend to leave the object in perfect condition.

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