Category Archives: conservation

Habitat – Vernacular Architecture for a Changing Planet

  I am delighted to be amongst the contributors to the landmark publication Habitat – Vernacular Architecture for a Changing Planet which has just been published by Thames and Hudson. The gloriously illustrated book celebrates humanity’s ability to create buildings … Continue reading

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exploited landscape stories

For the last 31 months (or since April 2014) I’ve been working for the North York Moors National Park on the development of the This Exploited Land HLF Landscape Partnership Scheme. In the time I’ve been working on this project my blog … Continue reading

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Bricks, stones and industrial heritage

Last year was all about very, very old structures in Turkey, and slightly less older structures in Peru.  Since April I’ve been much closer to home looking at conservation and management of  Industrial Archaeology on the North York Moors. I couldn’t … Continue reading

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Getting started in earth building?

Finding some images for a short article on architecture in Turkmenistan prompted me to look through a very ancient and creaky hard-drive, and I am wondering about what guidance I would give to my much younger self on the subject … Continue reading

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House of Earth

‘House of Earth’ is Woody Guthrie’s novel finished in 1947 recently discovered and published earlier this year edited and introduced by Douglas Brinkley and Johnny Depp. This is a tale of depression-era Dust Bowl America and the lives of Tike … Continue reading

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Negative press and earth buildings

Whilst we wait for further news about the damage caused by Tuesday’s earthquake in Balochistan in Pakistan the press reports give a valuable insight into the negative perceptions associated with earth structures. The BBC report (posted 25/09/2013) summarised the details of … Continue reading

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One thing after another …

In the history boys Alan Bennett defines history as “one ******* thing after another” I suppose that is one of the interesting differences between archaeology and history –archaeology reveals evidence of the past that changes and challenges the ‘assumed’ sequence … Continue reading

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