Ornamental and dimension stones have been part and parcel of the extinct and evolving civilizations world over. The evolution of civilizations can be easily witnessed through stone built sites which comprises both: grandiose stone built architectural historical monuments and the simple dwellings of a common man reflecting a sync between the extraordinary and the ordinary. In fact, all this forms an integral part of cultural heritage of humankind and reflect close cultural affiliation with varied societies.
Our session deals with Heritage Stones and we promote recognition of natural stones that have contributed to the evolution of human societies across the globe in consonance with the goals of IUGS-HSS and IGCP HerSTONES project (2020-2023). The session is open to discuss the use of heritage stones in different parts of the globe vis-à-vis impact on human culture, architectural heritage, sustainability, historical quarries, conservation, preservation and sustainable restoration of the urban and rural stone built heritage, promoting geotourism (tours to such sites) and familiarising the contemporary generation to the most revered heritage.
Global Heritage Stone Resource designation by IUGS-HSS, will promote public and policy-maker interest in stone built heritage and its upkeep. It will also assist in forming a broader understanding of how the usage of the most traditional building material has evolved over centuries and rekindled the interest of using the same in the contemporary architectural sites.
Selected contributions from our previous EGU sessions are published in high impact factor journals, such as: Geological Society of London Special Publications (SP407: Global Heritage Stone: Towards International Recognition of Building and Ornamental Stones), Episodes Special Issue on Heritage Stones (volume 38-2, June 2015), Geoscience Canada (volume 43(1), March 2016), Geoheritage (2018), Episodes (in process of publication March 2021). Selected contributions of EGU 2021 will be considered for publication in a special issue of a well rated journal.
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