Posted 18.04.19

Earth Buildings: Craft, Making, and Conservation?

As part of the MAKING THINGS//MAKING PEOPLE seminar series, UCD School of Archaeology and the Centre for Experimental Archaeology and Material Culture are delighted to welcome Dr Louise Cooke (University of York) to speak on her research.

Earth has been used as a building material for at least the last 12 millennia. Earth is uniquely shaped by human contact, as it requires no further processing (for example through energy transfer through heating or firing of clay) it represents a very particular connection between the tangible and intangible. This seminar will consider the negotiations between tangible and intangible heritage and the dialogue between craft, making and conservation practice through the example of earth buildings.

Dr Louise Cooke is a Lecturer in Conservation in the Department of Archaeology at the University York. She is a conservation expert specialising in vernacular building materials and conservation planning for archaeological sites and landscapes. She has research interests in conservation practice, heritage, sustainability and adaptation to climate change.

Date: Thursday 25th of April
Time: 12om – 1pm
Venue: Barry Raftery Seminar Room, School of Archaeology, Ardmore Annexe, UCD

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