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A Line Through the Sacred Lands of the Altai Mountains: Perspectives on the Altai Pipeline Project

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Plets, Gertjan, Gheyle, Wouter, Plets, Ruth, Dvornikov, Eduard Pavlovich and Jean, Bourgeois (2011) A Line Through the Sacred Lands of the Altai Mountains: Perspectives on the Altai Pipeline Project. Mountain Research and Development, 31 (4). pp. 372-379. [Journal article]

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URL: http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.1659/MRD-JOURNAL-D-11-00065.1

Abstract

In 2006 preliminary plans were made public showing that Gazprom intended to construct a pipeline through the Altai republic (Russia, south-west Siberia). Unfortunately, there was almost no attention to integrating the conservation of cultural heritage (both archaeological and landscape) into the planning of the pipeline, though the Altai is well-known for its rich cultural heritage. Hitherto, no assessment has been made of the potential impact of the project, nor did Gazprom release detailed information about the exact course of the route. The present article aims to illustrate the potential impact of the pipeline based on a detailedstudy of a small segment of the route, using remote sensing images and data gathered during fieldwork. This assessment underlines the need for a well-thought-out strategy, which is required if sustainable integration of heritage conservation into the construction plan is to be realized. If such a balance is not found, thousands of archaeological monuments could disappear, which would result in a huge cultural and scientific loss. As apossible solution, an integrative strategy founded on a desk-based study of remote sensing images and a well-directed field survey is suggested.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Cultural heritage; archaeology; landscape; Altai pipeline; heritage management; Altai Mountains.
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Environmental Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Environmental Sciences Research Institute
Environmental Sciences Research Institute > Maritime Archaeology
ID Code:20572
Deposited By:Dr Ruth Plets
Deposited On:07 Dec 2011 13:10
Last Modified:07 Dec 2011 13:10

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