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Tuesday, May 17 • 10:00am - 10:30am
(Emergency) Rock Art Before Natural Disasters

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The Niño Phenomenon is considered one of the most destructive natural disasters around the world that directly affects the northern coast of Perú. The events of 1983 and 1998-1998 have seriously affected the physical structures of rock art and this damage is irreversible. Since the colony until present times there have been around 33 Niños, recorded since 1,100 b.C until 1997-1998; therefore, influencing and transforming the cultural process of ancient inhabitants (Native and Spanish records referred to the catastrophic rains of 1578 in Trujillo and Zaña). This information evidences the destruction that the Niño caused in the cultural heritage, specially in rock art due to their permanent contact with the environment plus the damage produced by humans who use the rocks with great cultural value as protection to river overflows. There is very little interest of public institutions and cultural-archeological organizations for the preservation of rock art. This high cultural value is not really understood as cultural heritage of mankind. For its preservation it is necessary to formulate a management plan for the preservation, protection and administration of rock art in its different varieties that may lead to control the environmental effects caused by physical, chemical and biological factors and lessen the damaged caused by man and the weather. The present conditions of rock art makes it necessary the creation of preventive conservation programs of global and integral character of short and long term goals applying policies of conservation and cultural development using contemporary technological tools as well as multidisciplinary policies of sustainable development that promote economy through tourism without harming the rock art sites with the commitment of national and international organisms for its execution.

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Beatriz Haspo

Conservator, Library of Congress
Beatriz Haspo is a senior conservator specialized in logistics, space management, collections management, and disaster preparedness and response. She has certificates in book, paper and painting conservation from Brazil, United States and Japan. Her major education includes M.A. in... Read More →

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Cesar Maguiña

Presidente, Instituto Americano de Investigacion y Conservacion
Conservador Restaurador egresado EN 1980 del Centro de Bienes Monumentales de conservación y restauración del Convento San Francisco, Lima convenio UNESCO/PNUD y del Instituto Interamericano de Restauración de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA) convenio Andrés Bello... Read More →

Tuesday May 17, 2016 10:00am - 10:30am EDT
Room 513 A/C