Patricia Warke


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Dr Patricia Warke (BSc, PhD)

A geographer and geomorphologist by training, my early career research focus on rock weathering in desert environments and its role in landscape development has broadened considerably in the last 20 years to include study of the decay dynamics of stone and other masonry materials in archaeological and historical structures. I also have a keen interest in exploring the spatial and temporal complexity of micro-environmental conditions at the rock/air interface and in the identification of early indicators of masonry decay thus enabling targeted intervention of ‘at risk’ materials and buildings. This work has become increasingly relevant in the context of climate change and the greater frequency of extreme weather events that are creating challenging moisture management conditions for historic buildings.

I have been involved in conservation programmes for a wide range of buildings providing advice about the causes of deterioration and possible remedial actions. For example, I have been involved in development of a rapid Condition Assessment and Risk Evaluation scheme (CARE) which has been used to assess the condition of archaeological and historical stonework and help in the prioritization of intervention. This scheme has been applied to archaeological structures in Petra, Southern Jordan(1), rock art sites in the UK(2) and as the basis of an inventory of the condition of historic buildings in Northern Ireland(3).

(1)Warke, P.A., Smith, B.J., Bala’awi, F. & Ishakat, F. 2014. Rapid base-line condition assessment of rock-cut tombs at Petra, southern Jordan: a case study in prioritizing intervention. In Proceedings of ‘Man and the Desert’ Conference, Wadi Rum, Jordan 11–13 November 2011

(2)Giesen, M.J., Ung, A., Warke, P.A., Christgen, B., Mazel, A.D. & Graham, D.W. 2014 Condition Assessment and Preservation of Open-Air Rock Art Panels during Climate Change. Journal of Cultural Heritage, 15(1): 49–56


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Projects 2012 2014

Research Output 1994 2019

13 Downloads (Pure)

3DGPR for the Non-Destructive Monitoring of Subsurface Weathering of Sandstone Masonry

Johnston, B., Ruffell, A., Warke, P. & McKinley, J., 04 Dec 2019, In : Heritage. 2, 4, p. 2802-2813

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
45 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
spatial distribution
3 Citations (Scopus)
174 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Ground penetrating radar systems
ground penetrating radar

Shining a light on lighthouse resilience in the 21st century

Warke, P., 2018, From the Lighthouse: Interdisciplinary Reflections on Light. Strang, V., Edensor, T. & Puckering, J. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 117-122 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

5 Citations (Scopus)
439 Downloads (Pure)

Evaporative Moisture Loss from Heterogeneous Stone: Material- Environment Interactions During Drying

McAllister, D., Warke, P., McCabe, S. & Gomez-Heras, M., 15 Nov 2016, In : Geomorphology. 273, p. 308-322 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Activities 2004 2013

British Rock Art Group Symposium

Patricia Warke (Speaker)
20 Apr 2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Victoria College Belfast

Patricia Warke (Contributor)
14 Nov 2013

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting a School

National Trust Environment Panel

Patricia Warke (Invited speaker)
26 Sep 201327 Sep 2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Investigation of effects and effectiveness of stone surface treatment products through field exposure and laboratory trials

Patricia Warke (Advisor)
01 Apr 201230 Sep 2012

Activity: Consultancy typesKTP & Consultancy in kind

Man and the Desert

Patricia Warke (Invited speaker)
10 Nov 201113 Nov 2011

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference