The GCI, in partnership with the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus and the Archaeological Research Unit of the University of Cyprus, is pleased to announce a second training course in the conservation and management of archaeological sites with mosaics, to be held in Paphos, Cyprus, in 2014. This training is part of the MOSAIKON Initiative, a partnership of the GCI, the Getty Foundation, ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property), and ICCM (International Committee for the Conservation of Mosaics). Begun in 2008, MOSAIKON is a strategic regional initiative that aims to improve the conservation, management, and overall stewardship of archaeological mosaics in the Mediterranean region, including both mosaics in situ and those in museum collections.
The Mediterranean region possesses an extraordinarily rich and varied archaeological heritage, including a vast number of mosaic pavements from classical antiquity. Some of these ancient mosaics remain in situ, while many others have been lifted and placed in museums and storage. The conservation and management of in situ mosaics on archaeological sites presents a complex set of challenges.
The 2014 training course will cover all aspects of conserving and managing archaeological sites with in situ mosaics, including documentation and recording; site management planning; deterioration mechanisms; basic conservation interventions, both preventive and remedial; and presentation and interpretation.
The course is aimed at midcareer professionals from the southern and eastern Mediterranean region who work on or have responsibility for archaeological sites with mosaics. As with the similar 2010 MOSAIKON training in Tyre, Lebanon, this course has three parts: a three-week workshop, an extended mentoring period during which participants carry out individual projects at their home sites or institutions, and a final workshop. The participants will be expected to commit to the full length of the course. The teaching language will be English.