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Conservation of Ancient Sites on the Silk Road: The Second International Conference on the Conservation of Grotto Sites, Mogao Grottoes, Dunhuang, People’s Republic of China, June 28–July 3, 2004

Edited by Neville Agnew

The Mogao grottoes, a World Heritage Site near Dunhuang in western China, are located along the ancient caravan routes—collectively known as the Silk Road—that once linked China with the West. Founded by Buddhist monks in the late fourth century, Mogao grew gradually over the following millennium, as monks, local rulers, and travelers carved hundreds of cave temples into a mile-long rock cliff and adorned them with vibrant murals portraying Buddhist scripture, Silk Road rulers, and detailed scenes of everyday life.

The sixty-five papers from the Second International Conference on the Conservation of Grotto Sites address such topics as the principles and practices of wall paintings conservation; site and visitor management; scientific research, particularly in the environmental and geotechnical aspects of conservation; and relevant historical and art historical research.

Neville Agnew, who retired in 2022 from his role as principal project specialist at the Getty Conservation Institute, led the GCI's work in China since its inception in 1989. He is the author of numerous publications including (with two coauthors) Cave Temples of Mogao: Art and History on the Silk Roadand the editor of the proceedings of the first international conference on the conservation of grotto sites, published in 1997.

The first volume of symposium proceedings, Conservation of Ancient Sites on the Silk Road is out of print.


530 pages
9 x 11 inches
210 color and 200 b/w illustrations
2 maps
ISBN 978-1-60606-013-1

Getty Publications
Imprint: Getty Conservation Institute
Series: Symposium Proceedings