Gordion Site Conservation Program 2011 Field Report

As the Architectural Conservation Laboratory enters into its sixth year at Gordion’s citadel, it has developed model strategies to address structural instability and material degradation of the site’s major features. These methods of intervention have been implemented in 2011 at the monumental Early Phrygian Gate, the Terrace Building Complex, and the Megaron 2 mosaic pavement and are presented here in the Gordion Site Conservation Program 2011 Field Report. The experimentation and evaluation conducted during the program’s initial years have confirmed the success of new and traditional conservation methods at the site. These interventions continue to both clarify and define Gordion’s existing archaeological record while at the same time minimizing deterioration of the extant architecture.


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After the Fair: Preserving the Texaco Road Map Pavement at the New York State Pavilion (2011). The Pavilion's road map pavement was among the first public Pop Art monuments in the United States. The pavement is also a unique example of terrazzo fabrication using modern materials never before employed in terrazzo such as colored glass and plastic. The representation of geography in the form of a pavement is an ancient tradition, which Johnson updated through the use of modern pop imagery. Long neglected and hidden from public view since the 70s the map presents challenges in both conservation and display. The University of Pennsylvania's Architectural Conservation Laboratory (ACL) has promoted the preservation of the New York State Pavilion since 2003. With funding from the NEA, in 2006 the ACL was able to implement this research by developing a model conservation program for the pavement, integrating the City's current preservation plan for the Pavilion as a whole and the growing recognition of the New York World's Fair site as one of local and national significance.

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Gordion Awakened (2011) represents the collective efforts of the Architectural Conservation Laboratory of the University of Pennsylvania's School of Design and the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and is intended to explore the benefits of interdisciplinary collaborative inquiry into the structures, context, conservation, and interpretation of Gordion and its environs during the first four years of renewed site conservation activity. The papers presented illustrate the diverse research that has been required to document, analyze, and conserve Gordion. This research addresses the practical problems the site now faces in its second half century of exposure. More generally, the work addresses philosophical and technical issues confronting all archaeological sites worldwide. It is hoped that this publication will offer those responsible for the conservation and management of archaeological sites a model of approach and examples of best practices.

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