Archaeology: Local staff are
trained to carefully excavate ancient artifacts.
Duration of the project
The Banteay Srei Conservation project started in summer
2002. The ceremony for the completion of the Banteay Srei
Conservation Project is planned for spring 2005.
What are the goals of the project?
The project aims to:
- protect the temple from further damage
- rehabilitation of the exciting surface wakes excavation
- highlight the monument in its actual state
- develop its surroundings
- establish a visitor path
The implementation of the project calls on the methodology
recommended by the international experts and initiated by
APSARA Authority in terms of cultural significance and in
terms of associated archaeological research techniques.
There are two main phases to the conservation project:
diagnosis and restoration.
During the first phase, architectural and archaeological
studies were conducted inside the monument and around its
perimeter for the environmental and structural assessment
of the site as a whole. The comparative analysis of the
surveys carried out on different levels and scales and the
progressive interpretation of the disorders will allow for
the diagnosis to be completed and for a detailed restoration
program to be established appropriate to the site.
This diagnosis of the monument and its perimeter revealed
the extent of the damage to the structures and the importance
of environmental issues. Subsequent analysis produced four
main categories of architectural disorders.
Cat. 1: Structural disorders caused by the effects of water
and the weakness of the foundation
Cat. 2: Structural and accidental disorders caused by surrounding
Cat. 3: Degradation of the stone due to the effects of water,
the micro fauna and the micro flora
Cat. 4: Degradation to the stone due to human influence
(looting, mechanical stress, etc.)