Developing Conservation Approaches to Living Heritage at Angkor: The Conservation of the Statue of Ta Reach
Changes in religion and politics tend to have an impact on heritage that is usually clear and easily identifiable. Changes in perception and conservation approaches can be less easy to identify but can have as great an impact. This article explores the change in approach to conservation through the history of the temple of Angkor Wat and how this and other sites have always been strongly influenced by the political and religious climate of the time. The specific example of the conservation of an important statue in the western gate of the third enclosure of the temple carried out in 2003, provides a concrete example of how the archaeological/scientific approach to conservation can develop into a more integrated and holistic approach that is compatible with both the requirements of the local community as well as the heritage community.
KeywordsConservation Cultural heritage Living heritage Archaeology Angkor Wat
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