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Core regional course on conservation of heritage sites in the Arab region
10 June – 12 July 2007

Under the Patronage of H.E. Mr Osama Al-Dabbas, the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities


  • ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property)
  • ALECSO (Organisation arabe pour l’éducation, la culture et les sciences)
  • DoA (Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Tourism & Antiquities, Jordan)
  • DGCS Directorate General of Development Co-operation, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Duration: 4 weeks (10 June-12 July 2007)

Place: Amman, Jordan

Twenty two heritage professionals (archaeologists, architects, specialists in fine arts, conservators, art historians, and engineers) and two observers, from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

The Core Regional Course of ATHAR Programme aims to establish and develop professional qualifications among conservation professionals in the Arab Region in the field of archaeological conservation. The overall goal is to protect and promote the rich cultural heritage in the Arab region, and broaden access, appreciation and understanding of its past.

Course Activities
The course consisted of theoretical and practical sessions. Study visits and applied work at Amman Citadel complemented work carried out in the classroom. The course included the following topics:

  • concepts of documentation and information gathering, recording and heritage information management;
  • processes and causes of deterioration, and methods for condition assessment;
  • introduction to conservation theory and related philosophical and international aspects of protection, with particular reference to the Arab Region;
  • conservation methods of archaeological structures and materials in situ: preventive and remedial conservation measures;
  • site management, planning, presentation and development: value-based site management processes, and national legal and institutional frameworks.

Main achievements
By the end of the course participants were able to:

  • understand the basic (international) principles of heritage conservation processes in order to devise informed strategies for the conservation of archaeological sites;
  • analyze existing physical conditions of archaeological sites, diagnosing causes of deterioration;
  • recognise methods for the identification of heritage sites and defining their significance and values;
  • identify priorities for appropriate interventions at an archaeological site.


updated on: 27 January, 2010