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To prefer the use of reversible and low cost material to construct roofs; disaster prevention; as well as interdisciplinary diagnosis and guidelines elaboration before, during and after excavations, are some of the criteria that specialist must follow after conclusions of the “Workshop of Guidelines to Implement Architectonic Covers in Archaeological Contexts” were set at Palenque Chiapas.


When reading conclusions of the academic meeting that took place from October 2nd to 8th 2009, Salvador Guilliem, National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) national coordinator of Archaeology, remarked the importance of framing rules in the environment knowledge before, during and after archaeological exploration; of making diagnosis based in punctual analysis; of studying legal support; of checking deterioration factors and of conducting monitoring that allows clear and punctual diagnoses.

It is necessary to consider roofs’ maintenance based on diagnosis and monitoring. A bibliography about the theme must be created with theoretical examples from the national and international context, as well as regional memoirs, declared Guilliem.

The workshop, convoked by INAH, the World Monuments Fund and Fomento Cultural Banamex, gathered more than 70 specialists in archaeological heritage restoration and conservation from 6 countries. It will allow generating not just guidelines, but a technical guide that supports decision making regarding the construction of architectural roofs in archaeological sites.

The INAH national coordinator of Cultural Heritage, Lilia Rivero Wever, remarked that requirements to protect archaeological contexts with covers can be established already, considering the appropriateness of placing them or not.  

Norma Barbacci, director of Programs for Latin America, Spain and Portugal of the World Monuments Fund, which works closely with INAH for the conservation of built heritage, remarked that monitoring is essential to improve aspects not revised during the design of a roof, commenting also that the decision of putting or not covers has to be revised as part of a wider planning such as Management Plan or Conservation Plan of a site.

She said that the decision of putting or not covers must be made based on exhaustive documentation and research, acknowledging conservation, interpretation and esthetic criteria. Barbacci remarked that multidisciplinary work is an attitude theme: “wanting to work as a team is more important than any budget or official politic; it is a question of humbleness, where we recognize we all have to learn from someone else; in that moment we are in the way of a more perfect solution”.   

Restorer Rogelio Rivero, member of the Scientific Committee of the Workshop read the conclusion s of the work tables in the name of all participants, where constant evaluation and monitoring were acknowledged as the most important aspects defined at the academic forum.