Third Workshop for the Preservation of the Shoroon Bumbagar Necropolis and its Mural Paintings in Mongolia, 3-15 April 2017
A third workshop within the framework of the UNESCO/Monaco cooperation for the stabilization of the archaeological tomb of Shoroon Bumbagar and preservation and conservation of its ancient mural paintings will be held in Bayannuur, Mongolia from 3-15 April 2017.
The forthcoming workshop is a continuation of previous trainings that have addressed the theoretical and practical geological aspects of stabilizing the tomb of a 6th to 7th century AD nobleman and conserving and restoring its mural paintings.
Following last years’ practical exercise to test the material components of the tomb in order to utilize suitable adhesives of plasters and apply the right chemical compounds to address the issue of destructive microorganisms on the mural paintings, this round of exercises will develop on this base of knowledge and skills of the selected national conservators to restore and conserve the site from start to finish.
With the guidance of an international expert in painting conservation/restoration, this years’ workshop aims to demonstrate the progression of conservation work on a sample area of paint layer in the tomb, from the initial phase of testing and analysis into restoration and conservation, up until the final phase, the aesthetic presentation of the painting, with the hope that Mongolia’s national conservators will be able to repeat the process on similar future situations in the country.
This is in line with the main objectives of the project by the Principality of Monaco and UNESCO to improve the capacities of Mongolia’s authorities and experts for the stabilization, conservation and preservation of the Shoroon Bumbagar necropolis and sensitize local authorities and communities in Mongolia on the importance of the protection of archaeological cultural heritage.
The second aim of this workshop will be to address various issues found in the micro-climate of the tomb that are causing the proliferation of microorganisms and the degradation of the mural paintings. An environmental expert will be on site during the workshop to inform the group of conservators on ways to assess the environmental/climate parameters causing deterioration processes in the tomb and suggest adequate responses.
This workshop is jointly organized by UNESCO, the Ministry of Education, Culture Science and Sports of Mongolia, the Mongolian National Commission for UNESCO and the Center of Cultural Heritage of Mongolia.