Investigation of Characteristics of Mortars and Plasters in the Historical Buildings of Western Anatolia

Project No

2001 MİM 19

Supported by


Director of the Project

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Başak İPEKOĞLU


Dr. Mine HAMAMCIOĞLU, Assoc.Prof.Dr. Hasan BÖKE

Project Term

2 years (September 2001 – September 2003)

The Aim, the Signaficance, and the Expected Outcomes of the Project:

The present condition of the historical buildings must be studied before any conservation implementation. Within the scope of these studies, the scientific analysis of the characteristics and compositions of the building materials is one of the fundamental issues. These investigations have great importance in determination of new materials compatible with old ones. The necessity of these researches was indicated in the conventions and regulations related with the conservation of historic buildings. In this context, the aim of this research is to realize scientific and technical investigations on the characteristics of mortars and plasters and to provide preliminary knowledge for determination of new materials for the historical buildings in the Western Anatolia.

In the research;

  • historical buildings from which samples taken were determined through field surveys,
  • samples were taken from the determined buildings,
  • collected samples were classified according to the dates,
  • laboratory researches were realized in order to identify the physical and raw material characteristics of the samples,
  • information which were obtained in the result of the analysis were evaluated and data for restoration implementation were derived.

Preservation of original materials is among the essential principles of the process of restoration. For this reason, this research which provided preliminary data for preservation decisions has a scientific importance. On the other hand, since there is no published research related with the original material characteristics of the historical buildings in Western Anatolia, this study becomes more important.