ICOMOS Open Archive: EPrints on Cultural Heritage




International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)


International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)



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This is a repository of documents relevant to the conservation of cultural heritage. It derives its scientific references from the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) as well as international heritage community. The archive is open to accepting scientific documents related to heritage conservation in any language.

The archive aims to disseminate specialised knowledge within the scientific community by accepting technical documents related to management, restoration and enhancement of historic heritage. It is a self-archive which requires contributing authors to register for an account free of charge, input metadata about the manuscript and deposit it in the archive.

ICOMOS is dedicated to the development of common doctrines for the protection of cultural heritage sites and monuments, the evolution and circulation of knowledge, the creation of improved conservation techniques, and the promotion of cultural heritage significance.

This unique non-governmental, democratic not-for-profit international organisation is associated with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), as an Advisory Body of the World Heritage Committee for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention. Its creation in 1965 is the outcome of initial conversations between architects, historians and international experts that began in the early twentieth century and eventually materialized in the adoption of the Venice Charter in 1964.

Some of the recent additions to the archive are:

  • Connecting Practice. A Commentary on Nature-Culture Keywords
  • European Cultural Heritage Green Paper “Putting Europe’s shared heritage at the heart of the European Green Deal”
  • Preventing the Illicit Traffic in Cultural Property, a resource handbook for the implementation of the 1970 UNESCO Convention