The Getty Conservation Institute, in collaboration with the Museum of New Mexico State Monuments, conducted a long-term research project on adobe consolidation at historic Fort Selden. Test walls were built and treated in a variety of ways, which included drainage, sheltering, and reburial. New techniques for stabilizing adobe were investigated. Research identified a multistep process using three chemical procedures that effectively stabilized sections of the adobe ruins adjacent to the test-wall area at Fort Selden.

Initial findings were presented and discussed at "Adobe 90,"an international conference coorganized by the GCI and other organizations active in the field. The work was part of a long-term, continuous Institute interest in the preservation of earthen architecture. (See Project Terra and Seismic Stabilization of Historic Structures).

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  • 3.1 Assessment of the Biodeterioration Susceptibility of Stone Consolidants
  • 3.2 Evaluation In Situ of the State of Deterioration of Monumental Stones by Non-Destructive Sonic Techniques
  • 3.3 Control of Coarse Particle Intrusion into Museums and Archaeological Sites
  • 3.4 Adobe Preservation-Fort Selden Adobe Test Wall Project
  • 3.6 Development and Testing of Modular Lightweight Shelters for Archaeological Sites
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  • Neville Angew, Richard Coffman, Shin Maekawa, and Jeff Meyer, "Evaluation of the Performance of a Lightweight Modular Site Shelters, Quantitative Meteorological Data and Protective Indicies for 'Hexashelter'," Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites, I, (1996): 139-50.