Nemrud Dağ: 2002 Final Field Mission Report

Reports on two field missions organized by World Monuments Fund in Nemrut Dağ, an archaeological site located on Mt. Nemrut in Turkey in 2002. Nemrut Dağ is thought to be the burial site of the 1st century BCE Commagene King Antiochus I, and has been inscribed on the World Heritage List. A preliminary site visit in the summer of 1999 had identified numerous urgent issues including sandstone deterioration and structural instability, poor drainage, and unmonitored tourist visitation. In 2000 WMF was invited to lead the stone conservation and structural consolidation programs required for the site and to assist in the areas of interpretation and long-term management. This 2002 report presents a range of recommendations by WMF informed by a field mission during which a conservation program was initiated. It also includes a report on the structural consolidation of sculptural works at Nemrut Dağ. Attached in two appendices are a technical report prepared by a team of Turkish conservators, geologists, and engineers from Middle Eastern Technical University, Ankara, and a technical bibliography prepared by a WMF consultant.

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