Historic Preservation

Posted February 21, 2020
  • Archaeological Tunnels at the World Heritage Site of Copán, Honduras

  • Frank Matero and Michael Henry (on screen) surrounded by an international panel of archaeologists, engineers, scientists, conservators, and heritage managers discussing the long-term conservation of the Archaeological Tunnels at the World Heritage Site of Copan, Honduras.

    Photo B. Fash

Faculty Frank Matero and Michael Henry Contribute to Conservation of World Heritage Site at Copán

On January 24 and 25, 2020, Frank Matero and Michael Henry joined an international panel of archaeologists, engineers, scientists, conservators, and heritage managers to discuss the long-term conservation of the Archaeological Tunnels at the World Heritage Site of Copán, Honduras.

The workshop was organized by the Santander Program for the Research and Conservation of Maya Sculpture and the Peabody Museum of Anthropology and Ethnology at Harvard University to find sustainable solutions to the preservation and management of the rich architectural and sculptural heritage of the ancient Maya city of Copan. The goals include a long-term strategy for the famous acropolis and recommendations for its preservation and interpretation.

The workshop was led by Harvard Professors of Archeology Bill and Barbara Fash, who are the project's directors, and Weitzman alum Laura Lacombe (MSHP’13), who is associate architectural conservator at the Peabody Museum.