This Thematic Set of papers relating to the life cycle of building stone was initiated by a call for papers in order to better recognize the contribution that the disciplines, and practitioners, of engineering geology and hydrogeology make to the conservation of historical buildings, which is intrinsically multidisciplinary. The call for papers particularly focused upon the issues of different stone types used in historical buildings, as well as the performance, durability and conservation of stone in historical settings.

The response was overwhelming, with many more abstracts submitted than could possibly be published in the Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and...

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