Membership S.P.S.

Scientific international society for the pluridisciplinary study of Dry Stone (SDS)

Head Office : Maison de l’Archéologie
21 rue République 83143 Le Val (France) tel.
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The 28th April 1997, an informal reflection group constituted during the Vth international congress on dry stone held at Imperia, Italy, in October 1996, hold a meeting at Le Val (Provence, France) and created the Société scientifique internationale pour l’étude pluridisciplinaire de la Pierre Sèche,

On August 2nd 1997, the Society was officially declared in the government journal of France (according to laws of 1901 and 1941: no incidence of the nationality for the quality of partner or member of the board)

Since, the SPS holds the link …
… among researchers, craftsmen, societies, particulars.

The Society brings together scientists, amateurs and institutions who work for the survey, the protection and the conservation of constructions in dry stone. The first international congress on the topic took place at Bari (Italy) in 1988. These meetings, casual at first, became gradually the expression of a common will that was materialized by the official creation of the SPS in 1997. The Society focuses on the perpetuation of these congresses and on following evolutions of research, rehabilitations and innovations concerning the dry stone. It analyzes the different stakes and gives an opinion on the relevance of methods used and of objectives pursued by the various actors. Between two congresses, it maintains the link among the various partners and ensures the continuity of the meetings and exchanges. Since 1987/1988, international Congresses are regularly held every two years. They already took place at: Bari (I), Barcelona (E), Crete (GR), Majorca (E), Imperia (I), Le Val / Carcès (F), Peñiscola (E), Viège (CH), Mytilène (GR), Montalbán (E), Locorotondo (I), Ambleside (UK), Ogliastrra in Sardinia (I), El Jadida (Doukkala, Morocco), Argostoli (Kefallonia, GR), La Ciutadella, Menorca (Balearic Islands, E), Konavle (Dubrovnik, HR).

The XVIII° international congress will take place in October 2023 at the town of Goult (Vaucluse, France). All promoters are asked to publish acts of these meetings.

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