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WOOD SELECTION OF ANCIENT TEMPLES IN THE SIKKIM HIMALAYAS

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Microscopic wood identifications were performed on five Buddhist temple structures and on one secular building located in Sikkim, an Indian state in the Eastern Himalayas. In all, twenty wood species were identified, two of which – Michelia (Magnolia) doltsopa and Picea cf. spinulosa – were considered in more detail. Building type, specific physical and mechanical properties of the wood species, local availability, and religious considerations were apparently the leading criteria for timber selection.

Affiliations: 1: Centre de recherche sur les civilisations de l’Asie orientale (CRCAO-CNRS UMR 8155), College de France, 52 rue du Cardinal Lemoine, 75005 Paris, France Laboratory of Biomass Morphogenesis and Information, Research Institute for SustainableHumanosphere, Kyoto University, Uji, Kyoto 611-0011, Japanmechtild.mertz@free.fr; 2: Forest Research Institute, P.O. New Forest, Dehradun, India; 3: Tibet Heritage Fund, German Office, Berliner Strasse 68, 13189 Berlin, Germany; 4: Laboratory of Biomass Morphogenesis and Information, Research Institute for SustainableHumanosphere, Kyoto University, Uji, Kyoto 611-0011, Japan

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2014-12-06
2017-09-23

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