Since 2002 the research activities by the RWTH Aachen Department History of Urbanization (RWTHsbg) are operated under the name RWTH Aachen Center for Documentation and Conservation (RWTHacdc), thus stressing the major field of competence in dealing with the documentation, conservation, management, monitoring, and didactic improvement of heritage sites all over the world.

These activities found their origin in the extensive works carried out at Mohenjo-Daro in Pakistan (UNESCO World Heritage site since 1980) that consolidate in the German Research Center Mohenjo-Daro (RWTH) Aachen, a significant division of today's RWTHacdc.

Over the years many other projects and sites added up to an intriguing list of expertise, especially with commitments in the Middle East and Central Asia but also with assignments in Europe and Southeast Asia, for instance

  • Aachen Cathedral in Germany (UNESCO World Heritage site since 1978),
  • the Land of Frankincense in the Sultanate of Oman (UNESCO World Heritage site since 2000), and
  • the Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley (UNESCO World Heritage site since 2003).

The portfolio of RWTHacdc includes excavation of archaeological remains, the documentation and conservation of architectonic structures, the design and implementation of archiving procedures and databases, as well as the development of archaeological parks, national heritage inventories, and cultural heritage master plans. The accordingly employed technological methods range from low-tech surveys to high precision measurement (including 3D laser scanning), as well as from the implementation of conventional databases and inventories to the development of mobile social software to bridge wide communities and diverse multimedia. Especially with the latter RWTHacdc is part of the UMIC research cluster at RWTH Aachen University. Another focus lies with the local capacity building in foreign countries through training courses by international experts.

Furthermore RWTHacdc keeps close bounds to other centers of competence within RWTH Aachen University, dealing with building research of all sorts, as well as to fellow national and international research institutes. Likewise the center is in tight contact with those supranational organizations being concerned with cultural heritage, namely the UNESCO World Heritage Center and the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS).


The RWTH Aachen Center for Documentation and Conservation, as the research institution of the university's department History of Urbanization (RWTHsbg) locates in building B of the complex Lochnerstraße 4-20 (Room 306-308, 3rd floor).

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