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Project 637 - Heritage Stone Designation

Brief outline of the project

Global Heritage Stone Resource (GHSR) is a scientific designation created and managed by the Heritage Stone Subcommission – HSS (IUGS/IAEG) to enhance the geological knowledge, use and conservation of natural stones of historical importance worldwide.

The HERITAGE STONES RECOGNITION: A STEP FORWARD (HerSTONES) project aims the designation of more Heritage Stones, focussing on those from emerging countries, underrepresented on the current GHSR list. Stone is strictly linked to cultural heritage and the oldest civilizations (cradle of ancient culture) evolved in emerging countries from Africa, Middle East and South Asia. Moreover, Heritage Stones from emerging countries have been instrumental in their cultural evolution during the centuries.

Despite UNESCO has yet recognised some Cultural Heritage Sites in emerging countries, umpteen other heritage stones need to be investigated in order to reach the designation GHSR. Lack of scientific references about their heritage stones and sites is a common issue that can be faced by the international cooperation between experienced geoscientists and young researchers. In this direction, HerSTONES project will go ahead on the recognition of Heritage Stones in a more global and young context by means of novel and effectives ways, building also capacities for the sustainable use of earth resources.


Related information

  • Duration: 2020-2023
  • IGCP Theme: Earth Resources

Project co-Leaders and Secretary

  • Dr Paola Marini (Italy)

    Address: Department of Environment, Land and Infrastructure Engineering - Politecnico di Torino, Italy

  • Dr Giovanna Antonella Dino (Italy)
    Address: Earth Science Department, University of Torino, Italy

  • Ms Nuria Castro (Brazil)
    Address: Centre for Mineral Technology - Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications. Av. Pedro Calmon, 900 - Cid. Universitária - 21941 Rio de Janeiro - RJ (Brazil)

  • Dr Gurmeet Kaur (India)
    Address: Department of Geology, Panjab University, Chandigarh - 160014 India

  • Ms Leonor Maria Trucco (Argentina)

    Address: Secretary of Mining of the Córdoba Province - Av. Hipólito - Yrigoyen 401-Nueva Córdoba 5000 Córdoba, Argentina

  • Prof José Delgado (Portugal)

  • Prof Javier Becerra (Colombia)

    Address: Universidad Santo Tomás - Campus Avenida Universitária. Calle 48# 1-235E Tunja - Colombia

  • Dr Sandra Raul Sitoe (Mozambique)

    Address: Department of Geology - Faculty of Sciences - Eduardo Mondlane University - Maputo, Mozambique