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Soft capping historic walls

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A better way of conserving ruins?

This report presents the results from a 4 year research project which investigated the role of soft capping on walls (grass and other plants used to cover wall tops) as a tool for conserving ruins. The performance of soft capping was compared with that of hard capping (wall tops constructed from stone and mortar) under a wide range of conditions. It is important to stress that the research concentrated on technical issues - concerns about aesthetics and presentation were not covered.

Contents

  • Summary (Heather Viles)
  • Section A: Introduction to the research project (Heather Viles and Chris Wood)
  • Section B: The presentation of ruins: a historical overview (Jeremy Ashbee)
  • Section C: Testing the efficacy of soft wall capping: methods and sites (Heather Viles and Chris Wood)
  • Section D: Field and laboratory results (Heather Viles)
  • Section E: Practical guidance: building soft capping (Alan Cathersides)
  • Section F: Practical guidance: building hard capping (Colin Burns)
  • Section G: Implications for future conservation practice: soft or hard capping? (Chris Wood)

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed

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