Earth, as a building material, played an important role in making possible the development of the ancient kingdoms along the Nile Valley from its earliest periods. However, this outstanding earthen heritage remains poorly known, while its resulting archaeological assets are increasingly threatened due to neglect, human activities, as well as by climatic and ecological changes (e.g., heavy rains, dam construction, extension of cultivation areas, soil salinisation), etc.
The hypothesis of the ANR Nile’s Earth project is that specific solutions are needed to effectively preserve and protect this heritage. Its aim is to explore the potential of multidisciplinary approaches for a better identification and knowledge of these earthen archaeological remains, the assessment of their state of conservation, and the definition of adapted and sustainable conservation methods and techniques. The assumption is that, to be relevant, conservation protocols must rely on a thorough knowledge of ancient building techniques and materials, as well as the original building culture.
Within this framework, the Nile’s Earth International Conference aims at stimulating an international debate towards better characterisation and long-term management of earthen architecture of the ancient Nile Valley, including potential lessons to be learnt to address some of the current concerns for a more sustainable development.
Researchers from different backgrounds and disciplines are invited to share their own experiences, issues and results on the three main themes of the conference which will be the basis for discussions towards a better knowledge, recognition and valorisation of this outstanding heritage of Egypt and Sudan in accordance with international standards and recommendations.
Archaeology, Architecture and Building cultures
1.1 History of earthen architecture: origins, evolutions, technological breakthroughs and continuity
1.2 Typologies, functions and uses
1.3 Building techniques, practices and know-how in their historical, environmental and cultural context
1.4 Building design, systems and metrology
1.5 Construction site organisation: production chains, manufacturing processes, workforce, etc.
1.6 Ethnoarchaeology and vernacular traditions
1.7 Ancient maintenance and rehabilitation practices
Raw and Building materials
2.1 Characterisation of building materials
2.2 Material analysis (laboratory and field) and protocols
2.3 Geoarchaeological and environmental analyses
2.4 Physico-technical analysis
2.5 Archaeobotanical analysis
Conservation, Valorisation and Management
3.1 Threats, circumstances and processes of decay; impact of climatic change
3.2 Condition survey protocols
3.3 Preventive conservation
3.4 Green conservation practices
3.5 Reconstruction: potential and limits with regard to international standards
3.6 Planning, management, community engagement
Abstracts can be submitted for a paper or a poster. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed by the Scientific Committee resulting in a selection of about 40 papers to be completed before their oral presentation during the conference. All papers and posters will be in English. All oral presentations will be held live and on-site and only after registration. The selected papers will be published in the conference proceedings.
SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS
Sept 30th 2022 1st call for abstracts
Oct 31th 2022 2nd call for abstracts (recall)
Nov 30th 2022 Deadline submission of abstracts
Dec 16th 2022 Announcement of selected abstracts and call for papers/posters
Apr 28th 2023 Deadline for submission of completed papers and posters / speaker registration
Jun 27th 2023 Recommendations and suggestions from the Scientific Committee
Jul 4-6th 2023 Nile’s Earth International Conference
Aug 31st 2023 Sending of final papers
Sept – Oct 2023 Final review by editorial committee
Dec 2023 Publication of the proceedings
NILE’S EARTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
4-6 JULY 2023
GRENOBLE SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
60 AVENUE DE CONSTANTINE