According to UNESCO “Earthen architecture is one of the most original and powerful expressions of our ability to create a built environment with readily available resources. It includes a great variety of structures, ranging from mosques, palaces and granaries, to historic city centres, cultural landscapes and archaeological sites” (WHEAP, 2007). This contribution looks at developing effective methods for recording earthen historic structures for their rehabilitation and preservation using the Kuño ambo church in Peru, which is a Peruvian national historic site that requires serious rehabilitation work, as a case study. This project describes the compilation of an effective metric record of the “state-of-conservation” - “as found” of wall paintings in this important and remote building using a toolbox of different ‘off-the-shelf’ heritage recording techniques. This approach was applied by Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS), as part of the Earthen Architecture Initiative of the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI).

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ISPRS Annals of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Percy, K., Hanley, C., Santana Quintero, M, Fai, S, Ouimet, C., Cancino, C., … Villacorta-Santamato, L. (2013). Recording Earthen Architecture at the Peruvian Andes: the Case of KUÑO Tambo CHURCH'S Historic Wall Paintings. ISPRS Annals of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, II-5/W1, 235–240. doi:10.5194/isprsannals-ii-5-w1-235-2013