Structural Conservation of Monuments in south India while the Archaeological, Historical and Architectural aspects of Indian Monuments can be said to have been studied to a greater extent, not much known about their preservation work, otherwise known as the Structural
Conservation. The ‘Conservation Manual’ prepared by Sir John Marshall eight decades ago, was mainly intended to serve as a Handbook to Conservators and do not deal with the subject of the Structural Conservation as a whole. The present books makes a beginning to fill the gap.Structural Conservation work involves a proper diagnosis,the Conservation is expected to know the anatomy of the monuments and also about their deterioration. In the first part of this book, the construction menthods of Buddhst Stupas, Hindu temples, and Islamic mnuments are discussed based on site evidence from an engineering point of view. Concealed part like foundations, particularly of Hindu Temples get Special attention. The Trabeate technique, the dry stone masonry and the accurate technique of Islamic structures are also examined in this book.
Dr. K. Lakshmana Murthy born in 1945, he started his career as a Conservation Assistant in the department of Archaeology & Museums, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad in he year 1966, and is at present working as a Assistant Director in the Conservation wing of the same Department.
||Dr. K. Lakshmana Murthy