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Protective Shelters for Archaeological…

Protective Shelters for Archaeological Sites

Protect Shelters for Archaeological Sites

A new volume available for free download for those working on the protection, conservation, and management of archaeological heritage.

One of few publications to address the issue of protective shelters, this book records the results of a week-long symposium in 2013 that used the archaeological site of Herculaneum as an “open classroom”.

ICCROM’s partners in the MOSAIKON initiative, the Getty Foundation, the Getty Conservation Institute and ICCM, worked with the British School at Rome and the Herculaneum Conservation Project to bring together heritage professionals from ten Mediterranean countries with a group of international colleagues with relevant expertise regarding shelters. The participants represented a cross-section of disciplines and a range of experiences in the conservation and management of sites with mosaics, and each one presented a relevant case studies from their country, which tied the discussion to real sites and challenges.

The publication is divided into four sections:

  1. The process of sheltering
  2. Approaches to shelters around the Mediterranean
  3. Insights into Mediterranean practice
  4. Considerations

It is hoped that this publication will further the discourse regarding protective shelters for archaeological sites and offer heritage practitioners some guiding principles when faced with sheltering decisions.

Major support for this publication was provided by a grant from the Getty Foundation.