The International Day for Monuments and Sites was created on 18th April 1982 by ICOMOS and approved by the UNESCO General Conference. This special day offers an opportunity to raise the public's awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage and the efforts that are required to protect and conserve it, as well as draw attention to its vulnerability.

This year, to mark the 18th April, ICOMOS encourages its National Committees, its International Scientific Committees and members to organise activities to promote and to foster the conservation and protection of all earthen architecture and heritage.

Mud brick, rammed earth or other systems, one of the simplest material – earth – coupled with the skills of hands and minds, has produced an immense diversity of buildings, settlements or landscapes that constitutes a major but unknown part of our cultural heritage, to be found almost everywhere.


Introduction, by the ICOMOS Secretary General

The origins of the International Day for Monuments and Sites

Earthen architectural heritage on the UNESCO's "World Heritage List" - (CRATerre)

List of reports on earthen architecture in Heritage at Risk (H@R)

Earthen architecture. The conservation of brick and earth structures. A handbook. John Warren; ICOMOS International Committee on Earthen Architecture. Colombo: ICOMOS, 1993. 113 p. ISBN: 955-613-042-X

Earthen Heritage in Iran, by ICOMOS Iran and ICHO [PDF - 260 Kb]

Bam workshop on Post-Seismic Conservation of earthen architecture heritage / 16-20 April 2004

- Provisional Programme [PDF]
- List of participants [PDF]
ICOMOS National Committees Activities [PDF - 86 Kb]

Bibliography on earthen architecture, by the ICOMOS Documentation Centre

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