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Publication on Borobudur restoration project

From: Solange Belin <s.belin>
Date: Wednesday, May 3, 2006
The Restoration of Borobudur
New book published by UNESCO
edited by I.G.N. Anom

This book is inspired by, and honours the legacy of, Professor
Soekmono, Indonesia's first archaeologist and project manager of the
Borobudur restoration project.

Divided into eight chapters, the book traces the temple's history
from its uncertain beginnings and eventual rediscovery in 1814, to
the various excavations and geological studies that culminated in
its successful restoration in 1983. It focuses particular attention
on the decade of restoration that included some twenty-seven
countries and began in earnest with the UNESCO campaign for its
restoration in 1972. It covers the various aspects of the process,
including the long and painstaking task of logging the position of
the stones; the studies that revealed the underlying sources of
decay; and the important archaeological finds that provided clues to
the temple's spiritual past. Many of the original drawings and
photographs taken from the restoration project archives illustrate
the book throughout. It also explores some of the great mysteries
and spiritual traditions surrounding Borobudur.

Solange Belin
UNESCO Publishing

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