Conservation Work – University of Copenhagen

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Conservation Work

QIAH has developed novel and ground-breaking conservation methods for Al Zubarah and other sites in the region. A two-year study of building materials used in the construction of Al Zubarah has shown the very fragile state of the architecture. With high salinity in the air, strong winds and great differences in day- and night-time temperatures, especially during the summer months, buildings decay very fast.

As a first step, QIAH has documented all exposed upstanding architecture at the site in detail, listing conservation issues for each building component. A team from the University of Hamburg then carried out the most extensive 3-D laser scanning exercise ever conducted in Qatar to record the in situ architectural remains in great detail. This data provides an invaluable tool to monitor site preservation and a represents a unique record of traditional building techniques.

Simultaneously, conservation experts have begun a large scale experimental program using special, saline resistant mortar and plaster to model which type of material provides the best long-term opportunity for site preservation. These stages have now come to conclusion and the best identified materials and techniques will now be rolled out across the site. The aim is not only to preserve the authenticity of the site, but also to preserve areas that can be enjoyed by visitors to the site in the future.