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Structural Conservation of Monuments in South India

K. Lakshmana Murthy (Author)

While the archaeological, historical and architectural aspects of Indian Monuments can be said to have been studied to a greater extent, not much is known about their preservation work, otherwise known as the structural conservation. The 'Conservation Manual' prepared by Sir John Marshal eight decades ago, was mainly intended to serve as a Hand Book to Conservators and do not deal with the subject of the Structural Conservation as a whole. The present book makes a beginning to fill the gap. Structural conservation work involves a proper diagnosis of the problem and taking rmedial measures. For diagnosis, the conservator is expected to know the anatomy of the monuments and also about their deterioration. In the first part of this book, the construction methods of Buddhist Stupas, Hindu temples, and Islamic monuments are discussed based on site evidence from an engineering point of view. Concealed parts like foundations, particularly of Hindu temples get special attention. The trabeate technique, the dry stone masonry and the arcuate technique of Islamic structures are also examined in this book. Beginning with climatic causes, the various causes contributing to the deterioration of Indian monuments are identified in a separate chapter. After tracing the evolution of conservation principles and discussing about the structural analysis, the various techniques used as a part of structural conservation work like grouting, etc. are furnished in the first part of this book. Seven case studies dealing with the structural conservation problems of an excavated site, a megalithic burial site, a Buddhist Stupa, a Rock-cut Monument, a temple, a tomb and a fort, all selected from Andhra Pradesh constitute the 2nd part of this book. The concluding chapter contains recommendations for better preservation of monuments.

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About the author

K. Lakshmana Murthy

Dr. K. Lakshmana Murthy born in1945, he started his career as a Conservation Assistant in the Department of Archaeology & Museums, government of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad in the Year 1966, and is at present working as an Assistant Director in the Conservation wing of the same Department. He underwent training in Conservation of Cultural Property at National Museum, New Delhi (1974-75). He also underwent post graduate training in Architectural Conservation of Monuments and sites at International Centre for Conservation in Rome (1977) on UNESCO fellowship. As a part of his duty, the author attended to the transplantation work of some temples in the submersible area of Srisailam Project on river Krishna. He also associated with the Urban Conservation Study of Hyderabad city, undertaken with a grant from Ford Foundation in 1983. He was awarded Ph.D. degree by Osmania University (Hyderabad – India) in 1994.

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Title Structural Conservation of Monuments in South India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 14.11.2015
Edition Reprint.
Language: English
isbn 818605006X
length xxiv+268p., Figures; Plates; Maps; References; Index; 29cm.