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MOSAIKON Partners Meeting

Representatives from the four partners of the MOSAIKON initiative—the Getty Conservation Institute, 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)—convened at the Getty Center in January 2017 for a three-day meeting to discuss the initiative’s achievements to date and the progress made toward its goal of improving the conservation and management of archaeological mosaics in the southeastern Mediterranean region. The MOSAIKON partners also engaged in strategic planning, identifying follow-up activities to solidify gains made in the last eight years.

Since 2008 MOSAIKON has directly engaged and impacted over two hundred practitioners and cultural heritage professionals from the region. Activities have included multiple training programs for conservation technicians of both in situ and lifted mosaics, archaeological site managers, and museum professionals, at both national and regional levels. These courses offered practical approaches to the conservation and management of archaeological sites with mosaics and helped create a robust and dynamic community of practitioners.

Additionally, a model field project and research into improved backing techniques for lifted mosaics have provided sustainable methodologies and an approach to practice focused on the use of locally available and affordable materials and resources. Further research, centered on protective sheltering for archaeological sites, will result in publication of a technical handbook to guide practitioners through the sheltering process.

Grants from the Getty Foundation have allowed ICCM to broaden its geographical reach and deepen its impact in the region, thus reinforcing the regional professional network and creating stronger links to the international community of mosaic heritage and conservation practitioners. MOSAIKON has also expanded access to conservation resources by making ICCM conference proceedings available online for free and undertaking Arabic translations of seminal conservation literature. Forthcoming online didactic course materials will further increase dissemination of MOSAIKON’s work and encourage information sharing.

As the MOSAIKON initiative draws to a close in 2018, its partners are focused on measures to ensure the sustainability of these achievements into the future.