About IAEG Commission 16 (Concept of activities)

  • Monuments reflect the image of the civilization and describe its evolution during the centuries.  Ancient temples, columns, metopes and statues, keep unalterable the elements that make us heirs and participants of the ancient spirit and meditation. They combine harmony with magnificence, beauty with measure, values which became the corner stone of the ancient Greek art and technique.
  • The necessity of protection and restoration of monuments is a matter of prime importance, equivalent to the need for maintenance of the notion of harmony and measure. Engineering geological phenomena like settlement and slope movement as well as earthquakes and tectonic activity contribute to the damage of the historical buildings and the archaeological site. The ground water activity is also an important factor, especially in cases where monuments are buried in the soil or they are founded on steep slopes. Finally, the weathering of building stones is necessary to faced in relation their mineralogy in order their protection to be accurate.
  • The conservation of the monuments is attached to the preservation of the substance and the existence of the human consciousness. Beyond all frontiers that separate countries, the monuments awake our will, guiding us to maintain the ancient spirit, proved to be diachronic. Their restoration represents the respect towards the human creativity and inventiveness, which is orientated to great ideals. Moreover, the confrontation with time and high art is an interesting challenge for the restorers who will have to combine art with efficiency and sense of responsibility towards younger generations. Monuments, with proper restoration, can become a very attractive way of educating students and getting them to love their history and honor their past.
  • Sharing the common ideas of a global community, monuments become the beginning of collaboration between many observers and scientists of different specializations. Thus, scientific methods are applied in peaceful projects, so much needed in the modern world, where renowned scientists with diverse beliefs contribute in a mutual debate for the common good.
  • As monuments reflect the ingenuity and resourcefulness of past great civilizations that were the example for the evolution and prosperity of modern civilizations, restoring and giving them to public is not only respect and honor towards them but also respect towards the human nature itself.
  • In this framework, the IAEG Commission 16 “Engineering Geology and Protection of Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites, collects data on the engineering geological conditions of the monuments referred to the cultural heritage list of UNESCO because, as the Greek Nobelist poet “Georges Seferis” wrote “the statues are no longer ruins, they are us”.
  • For this purpose, a specific form is available for completion.