Protective Shelters for Archaeological Sites
A symposium on protective shelters for archaeological sites was held in 2013 in Herculaneum, Italy, hosted by the Herculaneum Conservation Project, and funded through a grant provided by the Getty Foundation.
For this weeklong symposium, which used the archaeological site of Herculaneum as an "open classroom," the MOSAIKON partners worked with the British School at Rome and the Herculaneum Conservation Project to bring together heritage professionals from the Mediterranean region, along with other international colleagues with expertise in shelters.
The participants represented a cross section of disciplines and a range of experiences in the conservation and management of sites with mosaics. Symposium participants presented case studies from their home countries, which tied the discussion to real sites and challenges. Issues discussed included deciding to shelter, condition assessments and environmental issues, designing and implementing shelters, and evaluation and maintenance.
The proceeding from the symposium are made available to further the discourse of protective shelters for archaeological sites and to offer heritage practitioners guiding principles when faced with sheltering decisions.