Livestream - Conserving Ancient Sites from the Empire of Alexander the Great

Date: April 20, 2018

Livestream - Conserving Ancient Sites from the Empire of Alexander the Great - Friday, April 20

Presenter: David Biggs, P.E., S.E., Dist.M.ASCE, F.SEI, Principal, Biggs Consulting Engineering

This one of kind presentation will look at masonry and historic preservation issues in a unique way. This presentation will trace the path of Alexander the Great from 334 BC to 323 BC going through modern day Turkey, Egypt and Iraq. Archaeologists have discovered countless heritage sites from some of the oldest civilizations within the Middle East. Today, teams of archaeologists, architects, engineers and conservators are tasked with conserving and restoring these ancient treasures. Alexander was undefeated in battle and built a massive empire for his time. The presentation will highlight structures that both pre-existed Alexander or developed after his lifetime. For selected sites, the session will showcase accounts of the engineering challenges needed to conserve and protect such sites as the Pyramids, the fortress city of Gordion (of King Midas fame) and where Alexander The Great cut the Gordion Knot on his journey to fight the Persians, the oldest (2,800 years) intact timber structure in the world, and Erbil, Iraq which is purported by the United Nations (UNESCO) to be more than 8000 years old and the longest continuously inhabited site in the world. Attendees will gain understanding of: 1. Key Middle Eastern conservation and restoration sites. 2. How the sites relate to the Empire of Alexander the Great. 3. How engineering conservation issues are addressed. 4. The professional issues of a US engineer working on ancient sites in several countries.

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