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ATHAR course Sharjah

ATHAR course Sharjah


ATHAR-MOSAIKON: Conservation and Management of Mosaics on Archaeological Sites
3 - 21 May 2010


ATHAR partners

  • ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property)
  • UNESCO World Heritage Centre
  • DGCS Directorate General of Development Co-operation, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

MOSAIKON partners

  • GCI Getty Conservation Institute
  • ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property)
  • ICCM International Committee for the Conservation of Mosaics
  • Getty Foundation
  • Ministry of Culture of Lebanon

With the additional support of

  • ALECSO (Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization)

Duration: 3 weeks (3 - 21 May 2010)

Place: Tyre, Lebanon

Fifteen heritage professionals from different academic and professional backgrounds, from Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, and Tunisia.

The course 'Conservation and Management of Mosaics on Archaeological Sites' provided participants with an understanding of the range of issues that affect the preservation of in situ archaeological mosaics.  Implemented in three distinct phases over the span of approximately ten months, the course was designed to provide learning and practical experience in both classroom and field settings.  By the end of the course, participants acquired a critical approach to the conservation of mosaics by focusing on:

  • preventive and more intervention-based conservation methodologies for in situ mosaics;
  • mosaics conservation in the context of broader site management issues such as tourism, site presentation, urban encroachment, and development pressures.

This interactive course consisted of both theoretical and practical components, which took place in the classroom and applied work carried out on cultural heritage sites which complemented the work carried out in the classroom.

Main achievements
Participants acquired a critical approach to the documentation and conservation of heritage sites with mosaics in Arab countries by familiarizing themselves with:

  • management framework for mosaics conservation;
  • documentation strategies for mosaics conservation;
  • deterioration mechanisms for in-situ mosaics;
  • preventive conservation of in-situ mosaics;
  • conservation interventions for in-situ mosaics;
  • maintenance and monitoring strategies for in-situ mosaics.

Member States represented: Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria and Tunisia


updated on: 20 January, 2011